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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Columbia, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lancaster County, PA (434) Berks County, PA (270) Chester County, PA (295) Dauphin County, PA (295) Lebanon County, PA (78) York County, PA (377) Cecil County, MD (181) Harford County, MD (198)  LancasterCounty(434) Lancaster County (434)  BerksCounty(270) Berks County (270)  ChesterCounty(295) Chester County (295)  DauphinCounty(295) Dauphin County (295)  LebanonCounty(78) Lebanon County (78)  YorkCounty(377) York County (377)  CecilCountyMaryland(181) Cecil County (181)  HarfordCounty(198) Harford County (198)
Lancaster is the county seat for Lancaster County
Columbia is in Lancaster County
      Lancaster County (434)  
      Berks County (270)  
      Chester County (295)  
      Dauphin County (295)  
      Lebanon County (78)  
      York County (377)  
      Cecil County, Maryland (181)  
      Harford County, Maryland (198)  
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1Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — "The Returned Soldier"Dedicated May 30th 1928
In commemoration of the patriotic spirit, valor and heroism of the men and women of this community who served their country in war 1776 1918Map (db m136299) WM
2Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — 9/11 Remembrance
On September 12,2002, Twenty trees were planted on the front lawn of Glatfelter Memorial Field. The spacing of these trees, 9 planted on the west side and 11 planted on the east side, will serve as a remembrance to those who perished in the . . . Map (db m213189) HM
3Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Central National Bank of Columbia
On March 5, 1888, stock was subscribed for the future of the Central National Bank of Columbia. Architect S. Brian Baylinson of Philadelphia was hired to design the modified Italian Romanesque building.Map (db m203616) HM
4Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia
Originally Wright's Ferry, founded by John Wright in 1726. An early center for turnpike, canal, and railroad activity, at an important Susquehanna River crossing. First bridge built in 1812.Map (db m5083) HM
5Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia
In 1726 Quaker John Wright built a log house in an area first granted to George Beale by William Penn 25 years earlier. Wright established a ferry at this natural crossing point on the Susquehanna in 1730. Originally known as Wright's Ferry, the . . . Map (db m167922) HM
6Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia and Its Railroads
The Pennsylvania Railroad was the dominant railroad with predecessor railroads converging on Columbia from four directions. East—Philadelphia and Columbia reached Columbia in 1834. West—Wrightsvile, York and Gettysburg crossed the . . . Map (db m136294) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia Bank & Bridge Company
Incorporated in 1811, the bank financed the construction of the first Columbia and Wrightsville Bridge in 1814.Map (db m203569) HM
8Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia Fire Company
The Columbia Fire Company organized on July 4, 1796. On February 27, 1806, they purchased their first fire engine for $150. In 1814, the company reorganized with 58 members enrolled.Map (db m202724) HM
9Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia Market House
Built in 1869, the market house is the oldest market building in Lancaster County Sponsored by Columbia Economic Development CorporationMap (db m202723) HM
10Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia Veterans Memorial
World War I 1917-1919 Total U.S. Casualties - 320,710 World War II 1941-1945 Total U.S. Casualties - 1,070,162 Korean War 1950-1953 Total U.S. Casualties - . . . Map (db m136302) WM
11Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Columbia: a Transportation HubLancaster-York Heritage Region — Susquehanna River Water Trail —
During the mid-nineteenth century, Columbia was a bustling transportation hub. Turnpikes, ferries, bridges, canals, wharves, and railroads made Columbia a major transshipment point in the movement of lumber, coal, grains, pig iron, and people. . . . Map (db m161072) HM
12Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — First English Evangelical Church
Organized on February 5, 1850, the church moved in 1952. Several machine shops occupied the site until 1981 when it was purchased and restored by the Columbia Historic Preservation Society.Map (db m203560) HM
13Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — First National Bank
The Columbia Bridge Company was formed in 1811 and began to raise money for a bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville. This business served as the first bank in the community, and by 1814 had used its profits to build the first . . . Map (db m122597) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — John Houston Mifflin Homestead
John Houston Mifflin (1806-1888) was a painter, photographer and poet.Map (db m203564) HM
15Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Keystone Hook & Ladder Company
Chartered on October 25, 1890, the Keystone Hook & Ladder Co. was mostly employees of the Keeley Stove Co. The present Keystone building and hall was constructed at the cost of $15,000 and dedicated on July 1, 1899.Map (db m203611) HM
16Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Lincoln Highway
The country's first coast-to-coast highway was established in 1913 by the Lincoln Highway Association, largely by improving and linking existing roads between New York and San Francisco. The highway changed the way people traveled and the landscape . . . Map (db m5761) HM
17Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Lloyd Mifflin HouseBuilt 1864 - Restored 1972
Lloyd Mifflin one of America's greatest sonneteers and artist was born here on Sept. 15, 1840 and lived here until 1902. He died at Norwood on July 16, 1921. "My gentle mother, lost on earth to me, shall I know thee somewhere once again." Two . . . Map (db m203562) HM
18Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Odd Fellows Hall
Dedicated on June 19, 1851, this structure was originally 4 stories high & housed many businesses & organizations. During the Civil War, this building was also used as a field hospital. Godfrey Keebler, a famous confectioner of baked goods, was a . . . Map (db m197965) HM
19Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Station
In 1871, P.R.R. opened a new passenger depot at this site and it was one of the finest on their lines.Map (db m203555) HM
20Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Prelude to Gettysburg / A Desperate Plan
(side 1) Prelude to Gettysburg One of the great debates of our Country's history and legacy is what scholars call "the two Civil Wars": the first a matter of campaigns, generals, and troop movements and the second focusing on the . . . Map (db m122592) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Railroads During the Civil WarRivertowns — Civil War Trails —
Columbia's strategic position would have made it a fine prize for an invading Southern army bent on disrupting vital communications and supply lines in the North. Railroads connected Columbia with Philadelphia, York, and Harrisburg, and canal . . . Map (db m167923) HM
22Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Samuel & Lillian Evans Homestead
Samuel Evans (1823-1907) was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Sons of the PA American Revolution. Lillian Evans (1861-1943), the daughter of Samuel Evans, was the first member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in PA.Map (db m203614) HM
23Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Samuel WrightBorn May 12, 1754 ~ Died September 7, 1811
Samuel Wright, Son of James and Rhoda Wright, was the original proprietor of Old Columbia. He named and laid out the bounds of the early town in what was then Wright's Ferry. His generosity to his fellow townsmen was manifested in a grant of . . . Map (db m174349) HM
24Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Schroeder & Hinkle Pharmacy
Samuel Hinkle (1869-1926) founded the Hinkle Easter Egg Dye Company. In 1924, the dyes were sold nationally by F.W. Woolworth Company.Map (db m202725) HM
25Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Shannon Armory
Named after General Edward C. Shannon, PA Lt. Gov. from 1930-1935, who commanded the 111th Infantry & 28th Division in WWI. Now known as the Noah Wenger Center, in honor of the PA State Senator, for contributions to the Columbia Boys Athletic . . . Map (db m203610) HM
26Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — 'Squire Stover
Christopher Harry Stover (1845-1909), a Civil War veteran with the 118th PA Regiment. He worked for the Keely Stover Co. for 34 years. In the 1880's he opened a cigar store at 3rd & Walnut Streets and was a three term Justice of the Peace.Map (db m203567) HM
27Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Susquehannock Apartments146 Locust Street
Susquehannock — One of the two Native American Tribes (Shawnee) that originally populated the area around Columbia, PA. During the 1700', their estimated combined numbers were 2,000 (7,000 by modern estimates). Migrated to the area . . . Map (db m136298) HM
28Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — The Old Columbia Public Grounds Co."River Park"
The Old Columbia Public Grounds Company had its inception in the desire of Samuel Wright, the founder of Columbia, to do something of lasting benefit for the citizens of the town. As he saw it, the ground along the river shore was the most . . . Map (db m161079) HM
29Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — U.S. Submarine VeteransWorld War II
Dedicated to all submariners of World War II wherein 3,617 men and 52 submarines were lost We honor those men and all who served with them Map (db m170545) WM
30Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Wright's Ferry Mansion
. . . Map (db m213185) HM
31Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Columbia — Zeamer's Pharmacy
Harry W. Zeamer (1869-1924), A druggist and chemist, established the pharmacy in 1893. The pharmacy had the finest use of soda fountain flavors in Lancaster County.Map (db m203557) HM
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Feb. 4, 2023