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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Towanda, Pennsylvania

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Towanda is the county seat for Bradford County
Towanda is in Bradford County
      Bradford County (139)  
      Lycoming County (196)  
      Sullivan County (44)  
      Susquehanna County (47)  
      Tioga County (57)  
      Wyoming County (27)  
      Chemung County, New York (115)  
      Tioga County, New York (66)  
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1 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — 1922 Train Station2 Washington St.
In 1922, the Susquehanna and New York (S & NY) constructed this building, smaller than the freight depot, (20' by 84'). This one-story building of steel lath covered with stucco has an asbestos roof. The station had three rooms: ticket office, . . . Map (db m109653) HM
2 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural AddressSaturday, March 4, 1865
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his . . . Map (db m153873) HM WM
3 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — American Hotel1 Bridge St.
The American Hotel is the oldest remaining hotel site in Towanda. This imposing 20- room hotel was built in the early 1800's by General William Patton, a leading Democrat, lawyer, author and biographer. The Greek Revival three-story structure is . . . Map (db m109675) HM
4 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Asylum
A settlement of French Royalists, who fled the French Revolution in 1793, was established in this valley directly opposite this marker. It was laid out and settled under the direction of Viscount de Noailles and Marquis Antoine Omer Talon. It . . . Map (db m78907) HM
5 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Bradford County Courthouse301 Main St.
Among the most prominent historic buildings in Towanda and a good example of beaux arts classical style architecture is the third Bradford County Courthouse. Ground was broken in April 1896 and the cornerstone was laid with appropriate ceremonies . . . Map (db m90323) HM
6 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Bradford County Roll of Honored DeadIn Memoria — Missing In Action / Purple Heart —
Bradford County - Killed in Action [Roll of Honored Dead on five pedestals]Map (db m110404) WM
7 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Bradford County Soldiers & Sailors Monument
In memory of the soldiers and sailors of Bradford Co. who defended their country in the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865Map (db m90326) WM
8 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Canal House100 River St.
This imposing 18-room structure is a cross between Italianate and Greek Revival architecture. It is sometimes referred to as “Foster Hall” because of its association with Stephen Foster’s family. Ephriam Baird, a Philadelphia lawyer who is buried . . . Map (db m129815) HM
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9 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Cash Homestead302 Third St.
Prominent Towanda attorney David Cash served as Bradford County District Attorney and Prothonotary. He was interested in the construction of the North Branch Canal and Barclay Railroad. He lived at this home with his wife, the former Mary Ann . . . Map (db m201086) HM
10 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Century Farm Program
In 1949, the Bradford County Historical Society, then located in the courthouse annex, initiated the first Century Farm program in Pa. Based on NY's Order of Century Farmers, the program recognized farms that had been owned and operated . . . Map (db m201059) HM
11 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Citizens National Bank Building
Century BuildingMap (db m109690) HM
12 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Civil War Memorial
This Tablet was here placed on the Thirtieth day of May 1868 by the members of Post No. 68, Dept. of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic, to show their appreciation of, and to keep alive in the memory of their . . . Map (db m201080) WM
13 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Company M, 9th Penna Volunteer InfantryIn Memory Of — War With Spain —
. . . Map (db m201060) WM
14 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Courthouse AnnexCourt Street
The second Bradford County Courthouse, located directly behind the present Courthouse, was constructed in 1847 and occupied in 1850. It was not long before the growing business of the county caused the Courthouse to become overcrowded. An annex was . . . Map (db m90320) HM
15 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — David Wilmot
The great Free-Soiler, who began the fight on slavery extension with the Wilmot Proviso in 1846, lived in this house. Republican Party founder; its first candidate for Governor. He died here in 1868.Map (db m90310) HM
16 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Dr. Alice C. Evans(1881-1975)
Bacteriologist for the US Department of Agriculture who discovered that brucellosis bacteria found in raw milk caused undulant fever in humans. Despite gender discrimination in her field, she published a report in 1918 and promoted milk . . . Map (db m122322) HM
17 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Dr. Samuel Huston House109 York Ave.
Dr. Samuel Huston (also spelled Houston) came to Towanda with David F. Barstow and John C. Adams in 1827 from Essex County, Massachusetts. Dr. Huston married Emeline Mix, oldest daughter of Col. Hiram Mix of a prominent Towanda family. Huston . . . Map (db m153951) HM
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18 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Edward Overton House19 Main St.
In 1820 a lawyer named Edward Overton came to Towanda from Athens. His father, Thomas Overton, was one of the principal owners of the land in the new town of Towanda. Edward also became interested in land and owned the coal deposits, which Barclay . . . Map (db m109744) HM
19 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — First Presbyterian Church5 Court Street
On Oct. 25, 1825, the First Congregation of the Presbyterian Church met in Towanda. Church services were held at the county’s first courthouse, which had only been completed for nine years at the time. In 1834 the congregation built their first . . . Map (db m90321) HM
20 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Frank Overton House112 Bridge St.
On land once owned by William Means, Frank Overton had this handsome residence designed by architect W. B. Camp of Athens. The contractor was William Welch of Towanda. Frank Overton was married to Elizabeth Means who inherited the land from her . . . Map (db m153935) HM
21 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Frost's Furniture Factory1865-1933
J.O. Frost's Sons Furniture establishment first operated on Charles Street. Later their block-long factory located on River Street between Pine and Bridge Streets was the hub of Towanda economy until 1933. Chairs, tables, bedsteads and bureaus . . . Map (db m109676) HM
22 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Gingerbread House200 Chestnut St.
The architecture of this structure is often referred to as "Gingerbread Victorian." It features a series of sharply peaked escalloped gables: four on the east side, three on the south side and one at the north. The narrow, high windows have . . . Map (db m201096) HM
23 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Guy Hulett WatkinsLieut. Col. 141st. Reg. Penn. Vol. — Born March 19, 1831. —
Killed while leading his regiment in a charge near Petersburg, Va. June 18, 1864. Aged 33 years & 3 months.Map (db m154014) WM
24 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — History of 312 Main St.
The First National Bank of Towanda opened on this site July 28, 1863. For over 100 years this was the sole place of business for the bank. The original building was demolished in 1874 to make way for construction of the current Classical Revival . . . Map (db m109679) HM
25 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — In Memory And Never ForgottenMay God Grant Them Eternal Peace
Pearl Harbor "Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, . . . Map (db m154418) HM WM
26 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Iwo Jima Flag Raising
[Photo of Flag Raising] Raising the US Flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jim, 25 February 1945 during WWII in action against the Empire of Japan; photo by Joe Rosenthal. There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo; four in the front . . . Map (db m153932) HM WM
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27 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — J. A. Decker House118 York Ave.
Built in 1897 by J. A. Decker, a wealthy lumberman and banker, this home is a frame free classic variant of Queen Anne Victorian style. It has a wrap-around porch with pedestaled columns and spindled balustrade; arched pedestaled columns at the . . . Map (db m153948) HM
28 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — James H. Hawes House217 York Ave.
In the late 1800’s James H. Hawes built this magnificent Queen Anne home displaying twin gables and very elaborate spindled porches, including a porte-cochere. Born in London, England, James came to this country with his father, a toy manufacturer. . . . Map (db m129819) HM
29 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — John Boyle
Last Survivor Of The Kearsa[r]ge U.S.N. Born June 16, 1838 Died Aug. 30, 1905Map (db m153961) HM WM
30 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Judge Ulysses Mercur House208 Third St.
Hon. Ulysses Mercur was the 8th Judge of Bradford County and 12th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He was regarded as the most scholarly man in the county and a faithful member of his church. His widow, Sarah, presented a . . . Map (db m201087) HM
31 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Masonic Building
Century BuildingMap (db m109688) HM
32 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Maxwell-Bennett House209 York Ave.
John C. Adams built this impressive Greek revival 15-room home in 1854. The family of William Maxwell occupied the home for nearly 100 years. He was president judge of Bradford County from 1912 until his death in 1925. He came to Towanda and entered . . . Map (db m90319) HM
33 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Medal of Honor Recipients During the American Civil War1861 - 1865
Citizens of Bradford County Sgt. Stephen Rought Co. A 141 Infantry Cpl. Francis A Bishop Co. C, 57th Infantry Pvt. Orren Bennet Co. D 141 InfantryMap (db m110395) WM
34 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Naming of Towanda
When the first European settlers came to Towanda it was covered with a dense growth of timber and shrubs from which came its first name "Canewood." The name Towanda is an Indian term. Awandae in the Nanticoke tongue signified "a burial place." . . . Map (db m109677) HM
35 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Oscalui
Formerly known as Ogehage was an ancient fortified town of the Andastes located fifty rods northeasterly from this marker near the junction of Sugar Creek and the Susquehanna River. Here passed the Sheshequin Trail to the west branch of the . . . Map (db m90307) WM
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36 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Our Veterans' Workplace - The World☆"In Times of War and in Peace, All Gave Some, but Some Gave All."☆
VETERAN: The term brings to mind the foremost notion of American patriotism and self-sacrifice. Dating back to our Revolution, near 50 million men and women joined the armed forces to defend our nation and its interests, knowingly putting their . . . Map (db m111265) WM
37 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Sheshequin Path
Indian trail joining the Iroquois country and the Shamokin area, passed near here. Conrad Weiser took this route to Onondaga, capital of the League, to represent the Province in council with the Iroquois.Map (db m33162) HM
38 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Stephen Foster
The great writer of folk songs and ballads lived in Towanda in 1840-41. He attended Towanda Academy on the hill a short time and stayed with his brother William, a canal official.Map (db m90311) HM
39 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Sts. Peter and Paul Church1 Third St.
Father John O'Reilly built a plain wooden church in 1841 on the present site of the Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. In 1869 during the rectorship of Rev. Patrick Toner, the present fine, brick church was begun. It was finished and . . . Map (db m201092) HM
40 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Creamery36 River St.
This solidly built multi-story brick Italianate style building has a hipped roof; a stained glass window on the west side; and arched brick surrounds. This River Street building just south of the former American Hotel has a varied history. It was . . . Map (db m109663) HM
41 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Daily Review116 Main St.
This handsome building was built in 1896 using stone from the same quarry as the Courthouse, Old Jail and Christ Episcopal Church. The building is Italianate style with a hipped roof and pressed metal cornice with paired brackets and dentils. The . . . Map (db m90322) HM
42 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Keystone Theatre
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43 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Macfarlane House21 Main St.
James Macfarlane built his 1854 Greek Revival home on land given to him by his father-in-law Edward Overton, lawyer, landowner, and successful local businessman. Macfarlane, lawyer and trained engineer, managed the Barclay Mines. In 1873 he . . . Map (db m109801) HM
44 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Old Bradford County Jail109 Pine St.
The old jail is located in the center of Towanda’s Historic District. Avery Frank, architect and contractor from Montrose, designed and built the jail. His plan included a stone dwelling for the sheriff and his family. A three-story cell block and a . . . Map (db m90329) HM
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45 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Quintessential Soldier
Here we present our vision of the perfect U.S. soldier He is the absolute embodiment of military perfection coupled with an eye toward compassion He is motivated to put a quick end to hostilities by whatever means necessary Our soldier is . . . Map (db m110401) WM
46 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The Train Station1 Washington St.
One cannot over-emphasize the importance of railroads to the continued development of Towanda as a commercial center beginning with the first Pennsylvania and New York (PA & NY) train in September 1869. In the 1870's approximately six passenger, . . . Map (db m109655) HM
47 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — The War Ravaged Tree
Here we see a representation of the desolate and absolute carnage of war. This tree once proudly stood amid peaceful stones welcoming morning breezes and warm sunshine. It has now become a bullet riddled and grenade shattered vestige of its once . . . Map (db m110417) WM
48 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda Academy
Former Towanda Academy attended by Stephen C. Foster 1840.Map (db m90330) HM
49 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda First Methodist Church105 Main St.
The cornerstone for First United Methodist Church of Towanda was laid Sept. 17, 1895 under the direction of Rev. James Crowe, Pastor and Dr. David S. Pratt, President of the Board of Trustees. The architecture is Richardson Romanesque style with . . . Map (db m109854) HM
50 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda Historic District
Entering Towanda Historic District ————————— Listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m153933) HM
51 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda Public Library104 Main St.
Perhaps one of Towanda's most unusual buildings is the Public Library, donated to the town in 1897 by Frank Welles. He chose Flemish Renaissance Revival style characterized by tall steeped gables; steep roofs with lacy spires; fanciful faux dormer . . . Map (db m109804) HM
52 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda River Bridges
One of the most important public improvements of Towanda's early days was completion of the first Towanda river bridge. A company incorporated under an Act of Legislature March 24, 1831 built the Old Wagon Bridge. John Bottom, a practical bridge . . . Map (db m109674) HM
53 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — Towanda's Oldest House1 York Ave.
Col. Harry Spalding built one of the town’s few structures of federal style architecture in 1812. He erected a combination tavern and dwelling at 1 York Ave. It is the oldest house in this borough and third oldest in the county. The building was . . . Map (db m129817) HM
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54 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — United States Air ForceAim High...Fly-Fight-Win
1909 1909 — US Army Signal Corps accepted its first airplane from the Wright Brothers. Named the 1st Aero Squadron a small group of Army Airmen became the genesis of our modern day Air Force. . . . Map (db m117334) HM WM
55 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — United States ArmyArmy Strong
1773 - 1917 16 December 1773 - "The Boston Tea Party" 19 April 1775 - "Shot heard round the world" Lexington & Concord, MA 15 June 1775 - The first Continental Congress elects George Washington as the first military Commander in . . . Map (db m110397) HM WM
56 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — United States Coast GuardSemper Paratus
1775 - 1917 "In 1790 a predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard was established by the First Congress of the United States. This newly formed maritime force did not have an official name. Rather, it was referred to simply as "the cutters" or "the . . . Map (db m154404) HM WM
57 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — United States Marine CorpsSemper Fidelis
1775 - 1917 New Providence, Bahamas Tripoli War of 1812 Battle of Chapultepec, Mexico - Spain China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion) Battle of Peking - Nicaragua Vera Cruz - Haiti . . . Map (db m117235) HM WM
58 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — United States NavyNot For Self But For Country
1775 - 1917 John Paul Jones captures the HMS Drake. Battles of Lake Champlain & Lake Erie — Francis Scott Key writes our National Anthem during the bombing of Fort McHenry 09/13/1834 [sic - 1814] War of 1812 — . . . Map (db m117293) HM WM
59 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — William W. Hawes House363 York Ave.
The major new industry begun in Towanda in the 1880’s was James H. Hawes’ Toy Factory, located just north of the Historic District in a neighborhood still called Toytown. The Hawes firm became one of the Country’s largest. About 1894, James’ son and . . . Map (db m129818) HM
60 Pennsylvania, Bradford County, Towanda — World War I Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Bradford County who strove as soldiers, sailors, marines and nurses in the World War at home and overseas for the perpetuation of American ideals.Map (db m90325) WM
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