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By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
Town of Clayton Marker
1Delaware (Kent County), Clayton — KC-59 — Town of Clayton
First known as Smyrna Station, the Town of Clayton began when the railroad came to this area in the mid-1850s. In 1860, the name was changed to honor Delawarean John M. Clayton, a former United States Secretary of State and strong advocate of the . . . Map (db m39023) HM
2Delaware (New Castle County), Edgemoor — Welcome to Fox Point State Park — Unique in many ways
Fox Point State Park is unique in Delaware's system of state parks. The park and its surroundings have a colorful history. As home to the Lenape Indians, the Swedes, Dutch, and English, it has been a hunting ground, farmland, a resort, and an . . . Map (db m191848) HM
3District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — Delaware Avenue & Columbus Circle, NE — Historical Information
Union Station Architecture by Daniel Burnham, 1908 Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, this was the world's largest train station when it opened - the station and terminal zone originally covered approximately 200 acres and included 75 . . . Map (db m8442) HM
4District of Columbia (Washington), NoMa/Sursum Corda — 1 — All Aboard! — Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Union Station, across First Street, was the world’s largest railroad terminal when it opened in 1907. Its construction took five years and displaced hundreds of small houses and businesses. Architect Daniel Burnham’s Beaux-Arts masterpiece, . . . Map (db m71678) HM
5Maryland (Baltimore), Shipley Hill — Early Transportation Routes
The Gwynns Falls Trail follows a valley that has served as both a transportation avenue and an obstacle since the days of American Indians and European colonists. Early roads were privately owned turnpikes that charged tolls; they became public . . . Map (db m6352) HM
6Maryland (Caroline County), Ridgely — Ridgely Railroad Station
1867 - 1887 The railroad was completed to Ridgely in 1867. At that time there were two houses in the place — the Vernon property and the Ridgely Hotel. One of the factors getting the railroad to come. Mr. Thomas Bell had to give an area of . . . Map (db m205474) HM
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7Maryland (Cecil County), Perry Point — The War Effort at Home: Perry Point Ammonium Nitrate Plant — Perry Point Village
In 1918, the United States purchased Perry Point as the proposed site for an ammonium nitrate plant to assist in the war effort. The federal government signed a contract with the Atlas Powder Company on February 1, 1918 to oversee construction . . . Map (db m184954) HM
8Maryland (Cecil County), Perryville — Railroad History
In the early 1900's this site was the location of a large railroad freight yard with roundhouse. It was an important transportation hub, linking East-West rail lines with North-South lines. It was the largest business enterprise in the Town of . . . Map (db m184951) HM
9Maryland (Prince George's County), Bowie — Bowie Railroad Station Museum
The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, chartered in 1853, inaugurated train service on July 2, 1872 with a line to Washington, and on January 1, 1873 opened the Pope's Creek line to southern Maryland. At the junction of the two lines the town of . . . Map (db m646) HM
10Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #4700 — Pennsylvania — 1931 —
This is one of two class P-5 prototypes built at the railroad's Altoona, PA, shops. They led to the construction of 90 additional, class P-5a locomotives which were built for electrified passenger service between New York City, Philadelphia, PA, . . . Map (db m132960) HM
11New Jersey (Burlington County), Bordentown — First movement by steam on a railroad in New Jersey
First movement by steam on a railroad in the state of New Jersey, November 12, 1831, by the original locomotive "John Bull" now deposited in the United States National Museum at Washington. The first piece of railroad track in New Jersey was laid . . . Map (db m5195) HM
12New Jersey (Burlington County), Riverton — Look Listen and Live — Evolution of the Grade Crossing
Safety has always been the primary concern of the railroads to protect the pedestrians and vehicles crossing railroad tracks. The Camden and Amboy Railroad began operating on these tracks in 1835 and after 1871, became a part of the vast . . . Map (db m194840) HM
13New Jersey (Camden County), Camden — 1 — PRR Federal Street Ferry Terminal
Prior to the 1800s ferries and stagecoaches were critical to the transport of passengers in and out of the City of Camden, and this transportation network continued to grow during the 19th century. Once the Camden and Amboy Railroad (C&A) had . . . Map (db m208368) HM
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14New Jersey (Camden County), Magnolia — Magnolia Station — The Waning Years and a New Beginning — 1940 - 2001 —
These were the last years of the Atlantic City Railroad. What began as an amazing accomplishment ended heroically some 124 years later and spanned a century and a quarter 1877 to 1001. Hundreds of passengers a week had been carried "express" at . . . Map (db m146747) HM
15New Jersey (Essex County), Newark — Penn Station — Historic Site
Penn Station, designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, opened in 1935 and is an outstanding example of Art Deco exterior and interior design. Penn Station replaced the Pennsylvania Railroad's old Market Street station which had . . . Map (db m527) HM
16New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — Canals and Railroads – Arteries to the Heart of Industrial Trenton
As the United States began to feel the full force of the Industrial Revolution and expand its own manufacturing and commercial base, cities like Trenton that were blessed with an advantageous location were in the forefront of transportation . . . Map (db m166171) HM
17New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — 8 — Canals, Trains and Automobiles
In 1830 the State of New Jersey granted its first railroad charter to the Camden and Amboy (C&A) Railroad and a similar charter to the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal. The original C&A, linking Camden, Bordentown, Trenton and South Amboy, was . . . Map (db m160174) HM
18New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park / The Bel-Del
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park The 66 mile long Delaware and Raritan Canal was dug by hand from 1830 until 1834. It was built to provide a safe, fast inland passage between New York City and Philadelphia. The main channel . . . Map (db m208082) HM
19New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — 10 — The Trenton Connection
Beginning in the mid-1800s and extending to this day passenger rail transport has been an important part of the life of the City of Trenton. As a major destination on the original Camden and Amboy (C&A) Railroad line from Camden and Bordentown, . . . Map (db m208123) HM
20New Jersey (Middlesex County), Woodbridge — Great Woodbridge Train Wreck of 1951
In memory of the 85 people who perished on February 6, 1951, when a Pennsylvania Railroad Commuter Train derailed Ό of a mile (1300 feet) south of this station, and in recognition of the Woodbridge residents and those of the surrounding communities . . . Map (db m125814) HM
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21New Jersey (Ocean County), Stafford Township — Manahawkin Railroad Station (1872) — Stafford Township Historic Site
The railroad Station came to Manahawkin as part of the post Civil War railroad boom. The Tuckerton Railroad (1871-1940) developed 28.9 miles of track between Whiting and Tuckerton providing a transportation corridor between Philadelphia and the . . . Map (db m209215) HM
22New Jersey (Ocean County), Stafford Township — Manahawkin Railroad Station (1872) — Stafford Township Historic Site
The railroad Station came to Manahawkin as part of the post Civil War railroad boom. The Tuckerton Railroad (1871-1940) developed 28.9 miles of track between Whiting and Tuckerton providing a transportation corridor between Philadelphia and the . . . Map (db m209267) HM
23Ohio (Coshocton County), Coshocton — Richard Nixon addressed a crowed of 3,000 at Coshocton
[Coshocton Tribune, Oct. 7, 1952] - Sen. Richard Nixon addressed a crowed of 3,000 at Coshocton from the rear platform of his special campaign train on the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was the biggest audience the Republican candidate for . . . Map (db m208267) HM
24Ohio (Coshocton County), Coshocton — Troop Train Accident
Troop Train Accident On the morning of September 11th, 1950, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train collided with the rear of a train carrying troops near West Lafayette, Ohio. The collision killed 73 members of the Pennsylvania . . . Map (db m208270) HM
25Ohio (Franklin County), Columbus — 94-25 — Original Port Columbus Airport Terminal — 1929-1958
The original Port Columbus Airport terminal was founded by the people of Columbus and was one of the first airport facilities in the United States. Dedicated on July 8, 1929, Port Columbus was the first transfer point in the westbound . . . Map (db m12731) HM
26Ohio (Miami County), Bradford — All Clear at BF Tower
This spot was once a bustling railroad junction, where the Pennsylvania Railroad’s main line from Columbus split into two- north to Chicago and south to St. Louis. Operators at this tower were responsible for safely directing syt traffic, as well . . . Map (db m206208) HM
27Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — "Penn Railroad Depot Step" — Van Wert, Ohio
Built: Aug. 7, 1891 Demolished: May 25, 1984Map (db m191149) HM
28Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Caboose
Pennsylvania Steel Cabin Car Class N8. The 1951 N8 Caboose was the last major design by the Pennsy. Introduced in 1950. Restored 1990.Map (db m191140) HM
29Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Do Not Turn Warning Flasher
From Market/Jackson P.R.R.Map (db m191143) HM
30Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Mile Marker Post
Orig. located at Middle Point P.R.R.Map (db m191142) HM
31Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Original Step
P.R.R. Pass/Frgt. Station/Court St.Map (db m191151) HM
32Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Penn RR Track Drill
For attaching wire around each rail which carried a very small electrical charge for operating the signal systemMap (db m191147) HM
33Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Penn RR Track Gauges — c 1920
For measuring the pitch & level of the tracksMap (db m191146) HM
34Ohio (Van Wert County), Van Wert — Signal Cabinet And Flasher
Signal Cabinet And Flasher w/ Bell P.R.R.Map (db m191139) HM
35Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), Pittsburgh — William Thaw
On this site William Thaw was born October 12 1818Map (db m156256) HM
36Pennsylvania (Beaver County), Rochester — Make Way for the Railroad — Riverfrontiers — Stories of Beaver County & its Rivers —
By 1851 the railroad had arrived at Rochester. Rail transit had been developed in the year before and had finally spread through Pittsburgh and surrounding western Pennsylvania towns. Railroads were built on flat surfaces - one commonly flat . . . Map (db m55185) HM
37Pennsylvania (Bedford County), Bedford Township — Pennsylvania Turnpike
This is one of the original service plazas for the nation's first long-distance superhighway. On October 1, 1940, the Turnpike opened, stretching 160 miles from Irwin to Carlisle. The Turnpike Commission had been created in 1937; construction . . . Map (db m8188) HM
38Pennsylvania (Bedford County), Bedford Township — Pennsylvania Turnpike
This is one of the original service plazas for the nation's first long-distance superhighway. On October 1, 1940, the Turnpike opened, stretching 160 miles from Irwin to Carlisle. The Turnpike Commission had been created in 1937; construction . . . Map (db m8816) HM
39Pennsylvania (Berks County), Amity Township — Feuding Railroads — Schuylkill River Trail
The Rise of the Railroads Established in 1833 as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, the Reading finished its initial 94-mile Main Line between the coal fields of Schuylkill County and Philadelphia in 1842. It fueled Philadelphia's . . . Map (db m160520) HM
40Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona
Founded 1849 as a terminal for westward expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It soon became a major railroad center of the nation. Scene of the War Governors' Conference, 1867.Map (db m52337) HM
41Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — City of Altoona — [7th Street Bridge]
Here stands foundation stones, a piece of the upper corner truss and the dedication plaque from the 7th Street Bridge that was constructed at this location from 1912 to 1913. This bridge served Altoona for 91 years and became part of many . . . Map (db m135588) HM
42Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — First Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA
At this location March 16 1867 First P•R•R• Y•M•C•A• organized Second railroad Y•M•C•A• in U•S•A• Erected March 16 1951 75th anniversaryMap (db m135591) HM
43Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Locomotive 790 Bell
This bell was made for Locomotive 790 Builders No. 3165 Locomotive 790 was built Juniata Shops, Altoona, PA. 12-18-1916Map (db m135592) HM
44Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Pennsylvania Railroad Shops
The PRR built its first repair facilities here in 1850 and opened its first track to Altoona during the same year. By 1925, Altoona was home to the nation's largest concentration of railroad shops, with 16,500 people employed in several locations.Map (db m20998) HM
45Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468
"You had to be a waiter - a good one - to work in the Dining Department. You worked 16 and 17 hours a day. Half the time we had to sleep in the dining car." - James Corbett, Dining Car Waiter For passengers, eating aboard a train was always an . . . Map (db m53730) HM
46Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577
"A lot of them put curtains in there and little rugs.... They had a pot-bellied stove and they were all good cooks." - Richard Jackson, Yardmaster On the road, freight crews climbed up into the cupola, inspecting the train ahead for signs of . . . Map (db m52606) HM
47Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136
"Freight was different. The railroad started doubling up on the trains something fierce - 160-car trains. It would take you a week to get to the other end of them." - Vince Farabaugh, Locomotive Engineer Yardmaster John Conlon remembers one . . . Map (db m52629) HM
48Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Express Refrigerator Car No. 2561
"They'd say, 'Buzz, you're going to Harrisburg on a high class'.... You checked each other's watch." — Russ Marlett, Conductor A freight train that carried perishables, like fruit or meat, was called a "high . . . Map (db m135581) HM
49Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Scale Test Weight Car
One of the more unusual pieces of railroad equipment is the "scale test weight car" such as displayed here. Railroads charged their customers based upon the weight of goods shipped. After a car was loaded, the railroad moved the car to a railroad . . . Map (db m53750) HM
50Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Altoona Works
You are standing at the center of what was once the greatest railroad shop complex in the world - the Altoona Works of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Established in 1850 along with the town of Altoona, the railroad shops eventually sprawled across . . . Map (db m53725) HM
51Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Juniata Shops
The Juniata Shops By 1889, the Pennsylvania Railroad had outgrown the capacity of the shop complex here at 12th street. Soon the facilities here would be complemented by new buildings in the nearby borough of Juniata, not yet a part of the . . . Map (db m135585) HM
52Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Master Mechanic
Built in 1882, this Master Mechanics Building housed then, as it does again today, stories of what made the Pennsylvania the most important railroad in America and a cornerstone of the industry. First-Rate Mechanics Each Pennsy operating . . . Map (db m52604) HM
53Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Posy Gang
"The Pennsy wanted to make the track areas and stations look good. They gave out prizes to different sections for beauty and upkeep." - Lou Johnston, Posy Gang member A Hint of Nature in a Mechanical World Among the hundreds of jobs on . . . Map (db m53728) HM
54Pennsylvania (Blair County), Logan Township — Horseshoe Curve — National Historic Engineering Landmark
Designed and built under the direction [of] Pennsylvania Railroad chief engineer and, later, company president, J. Edgar Thomson. Horseshoe Curve opened February 15, 1854. It was 366 meters across and 1310 meters long with a 1.8 percent grade. . . . Map (db m52488) HM
55Pennsylvania (Blair County), Logan Township — Horseshoe Curve
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks 1854 - 2004 The first railroad to cross the Allegheny Mountains between Harrisburg and Pittsburgn, with a maximum grade of 1.87%, was engineered by J. Edgar . . . Map (db m52526) HM
56Pennsylvania (Blair County), Logan Township — Over the Hill — How railroads surmounted the spine of the Alleghenies — between Altoona and Johnstown —
This was the original (1850-54) PRR main line. After Horseshoe Curve was opened, this became the Hollidaysburg Branch (now Conrail's Cove Secondary Track). From 1850 to 1854, the original PRR main line extended through what is now Altoona to a . . . Map (db m52528) HM
57Pennsylvania (Bucks County), Bristol — Lock 2 — In the Middle
The spot where Lock 2 once stood is located in front of this sign. It is outlined with concrete. By the lock were a locktender's house and shanty, as well as a blacksmith shop and mule barn. The Delaware Canal not only served as a route for . . . Map (db m160053) HM
58Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge
The coming of the railroad to Harrisburg in 1836 led to the construction of the first bridges to span the Susquehanna, since the building of the Camelback Bridge in 1817, which planted the seed for what would become the city's trademark of . . . Map (db m44405) HM
59Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Harris Switch Tower
By 1929, Harrisburg's growth as a freight and passenger rail hub in the eastern United States necessitated the introduction of new rail interlocking technologies to guide the convergence of high volume locomotive traffic through the city. At that . . . Map (db m6849) HM
60Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Old Pennsylvania Railroad Station
Harrisburg grew from its earliest days due to its strategic location as a gateway to western expansion, becoming one of the most important inland centers of U.S. transportation and trade. The development of rail lines along the same routes as the . . . Map (db m6687) HM
61Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
The evolution of the English and German-speaking Lutheran congregations in Harrisburg resulted in the establishment of a number of churches that has helped to enhance the city's fabric of sacred architecture and history. From the oldest site at . . . Map (db m6730) HM
62Pennsylvania (Delaware County), Springfield Township — J. Edgar Thompson — (1808~1874)
Here was born the first chief engineer, Pennsylvania Railroad, 1847~52, and its third president, 1852~74. He was responsible for construction of the main line, Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, and for the system’s expansion to the Mississippi River.Map (db m68587) HM
63Pennsylvania (Franklin County), Guilford Township — Pennsylvania Railroad Class N5C Cabin Car
Built in June 1942 in Altoona as number 477951, this caboose (known as a cabin car to PRR employees) served the PRR as well as the Penn Central and Conrail into the mid 1980s. After being retired, it was purchased by . . . Map (db m152349) HM
64Pennsylvania (Franklin County), Guilford Township — Quincy Railroad Station
This station served the town of Quincy, Pennsylvania on the Mont Alto Railroad, later the Cumberland Valley and Pennsylvania Railroads. The building was acquired by Guilford Township from James Fouchard in 2008, moved to Norlo Park and restored to . . . Map (db m152346) HM
65Pennsylvania (Huntingdon County), Huntingdon — Canal Milepost
The Juniata Division of the Pennsylvania Canal was completed to Huntingdon in 1830, and regular shipping to and from this point got underway in the Spring of 1831. The canal ran beside the river, on the right-of-way now occupied by the railroad. . . . Map (db m177058) HM
66Pennsylvania (Huntingdon County), Huntingdon — Pennsylvania Railroad Artifacts
When the railroad came to Huntingdon in 1850, its tracks were laid down the middle of Allegheny Street. The Pennsylvania Canal occupied the right-of-way now used by Conrail freight and Amtrak passenger trains. The rather narrow width of Allegheny . . . Map (db m177062) HM
67Pennsylvania (Huntingdon County), Huntingdon — The Little House
This miniature Victorian house was built for a parade float that the Cottage Planing Mill entered in one of the Huntingdon County Centennial parades. The three-day celebration of the county's 100th anniversary included several parades featuring . . . Map (db m177060) HM
68Pennsylvania (Huntingdon County), Huntingdon — Transition From Canal Era To Railroads At Huntingdon, PA
This Stone Arch Bridge, recently restored by the Huntingdon Rotary Club, was part of the original single-track line that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad Company service to Huntingdon in 1850. The steam engine "Henry Clay" completed its journey . . . Map (db m177102) HM
69Pennsylvania (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
70Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia: a Transportation Hub — Lancaster-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
71Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Railroads During the Civil War — Rivertowns — 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
72Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Elizabethtown — Elizabethtown — Carrier of Change
"Wood and coal produced steam that powered passenger trains through Elizabethtown for over 100 years. The 'Golden Age' of steam ended in 1938 when the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased safer, faster, cleaner electric locomotives." —Pat . . . Map (db m136605) HM
73Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lancaster — Working The Line — Constructing an engineering marvel across Southeastern Pennsylvania — Lancastrians make their — Lancaster City —
The 80-mile Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad was the first state-financed and constructed rail line in the U.S. (1823-1834); Pennsylvania Railroad precursor. Original cost estimate: $5,000 per mile in 1823. On completion, actual cost: $34,500 per . . . Map (db m177348) HM
74Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Marietta — 2 — Concrete Railroad Piers
With the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad, raw materials were delivered to the furnace by rail. The concrete piers were used to elevate the rails so all ore and coal could be dumped between the piers and from there to be transported to the stock . . . Map (db m136362) HM
75Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Marietta — 8 — Watts Railroad Station
This station located at Furnace Road and Donegal Place was built in 1871 by the Pennsylvania Railroad to their specifications for rural/freight stations. It was smaller than the Marietta Upper Station (Perry Street), that was built in 1869. It had . . . Map (db m136314) HM
76Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Providence Township — Big Cut, Big Fill — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Providence Township
No other section of the eastern A&S more fully demonstrated the Pennsylvania Railroad's (PRR) commitment to re-shape the landscape for an optimum freight road than its seven miles through Providence Township. The gentle compound curve (on paper) . . . Map (db m160853) HM
77Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Switchback Bridge — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
In 1891, George Brooke Roberts, a Bala Cynwyd resident and president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), ordered the construction of the Pencoyd Bridge off the Schuylkill Valley Division to the Pencoyd Iron Works. Up until that . . . Map (db m146632) HM
78Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The "S" Bridge & The Manayunk Bridge — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
The original Pennsylvania Railroad bridge across the Schuylkill River, known as the "S" Bridge due to its shape, was constructed in 1884 as a double-track iron truss bridge that connected the West Manayunk community in Lower Merion to the . . . Map (db m146628) HM
79Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad — Lower Merion History
The Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad was one of America's first railways. By the late 1820s, Philadelphia, the second largest city in the nation, lacked access to western markets. New York had the Erie Canal and Baltimore would soon have the . . . Map (db m146368) HM
80Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — The Spaventa Switchback
The Spaventa Switchback refers to the section of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail running from the Manayunk Bridge to Rock Hill Road. The property was formerly owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) as a spur/switchback to serve the Pencoyd Iron . . . Map (db m146626) HM
81Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — Transportation Corridor in Transition — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
[The plaque consists of two photos with captions:] Above: This image from the 1950s depicts a unique time in history when the three transportation corridors of this area operated concurrently. A Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train led . . . Map (db m146624) HM
82Pennsylvania (Montgomery County), Lower Merion Township — William Clegg's Cotton Mill — Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Clegg's Mill was located in Vine Creek's deep ravine to provide maximum water power. By 1851, three millponds were built to regulate the flow of the creek to turn the waterwheels that powered the mills. You are standing at the point on the map . . . Map (db m146366) HM
83Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — 13th & Market — On this block in 1895
Formerly a station for the Pennsylvania Rail Road, John Wanamaker purchased this property in 1876 and created a large central market called Wanamaker's Grand Depot. When the Depot first opened it only sold men's clothing. In 1877 Wanamaker . . . Map (db m191791) HM
84Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — 15th & Market — On this block in 1859
The Western Farmers' Market was located on Market Street, west of 15th Street. This 1859 photograph shows the market sheds where fresh produce was delivered from farms that, at the time, were just north and west of Philadelphia's urban center. . . . Map (db m191850) HM
85Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — 17th & Walnut — On this block in the 1870s
A virtually traffic-free Walnut Street greeted passersby in 1865. The homes in this photo housed the city's wealthiest, most influential citizens. Rittenhouse Square can be seen in the center of the photo, with the tower of Holy Trinity Church . . . Map (db m191879) HM
86Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — 20th Century Transformation
Major infrastructure investments transformed the city at the beginning of the 20th century. A grand diagonal boulevard was built to link City Hall to the new art museum at the entrance to Fairmount Par, and excavation for new subway lines . . . Map (db m191777) HM
87Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — 3131 Walnut Street
Built in 1929 and originally home to the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot 3131 Walnut StreetMap (db m210984) HM
88Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — A History of Wanamaker
1838: John Wanamaker is born on July 11 in Philadelphia. He will become a prominent merchant, philanthropist, and religious, civic, and political leader, including serving as the U.S. Postmaster General. 1861: John and his . . . Map (db m192783) HM
89Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Belmont
Landmarks ❶ [Unreadable] Hospital of Philadelphia [Unreadable] the 1860's to train women as doctors and nurses. It is now Sarah Allen Senior Housing Project. ❷ Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA Originally the . . . Map (db m211003) HM
90Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Center City Renewal
Following years of Depression and war, which curtailed public investment in Philadelphia, the atmosphere was ripe for an urban planning and improvement agenda. An effective Planning Commission was formed, and civic leaders crafted a vision for a . . . Map (db m191778) HM
91Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Connecting Railroad Bridge
Before 1867, the Pennsylvania Railroad could not provide ground service for the produce and goods of the rich American West. [unreadable] The Pennsylvania's rival, the Reading Railroad carried the New York traffic from the West over its lines . . . Map (db m192648) HM
92Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Industry & the Railroad
Within fifty years of its founding, Philadelphia had become a major commercial center with a busy port on the Delaware River. At first an agricultural marketplace dependent on its waterways, the city's economy shifted to manufacturing in the 19th . . . Map (db m191776) HM
93Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — On this block in 1913
The Regent Theatre opened in 1913 at 1632 Market Street, among a large concentration of theaters, when the north side of the street was dominated by the elevated tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad. By the 1970s, as the Penn Center office . . . Map (db m192787) HM
94Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Rolling Along — the River
The ability to quickly and inexpensively transport supplies, finished goods, and food by rail revolutionized life in Philadelphia in the 1800s. Construction of new rail lines also crated jobs, from building train parts to laying the tracks. . . . Map (db m192690) HM
95Pennsylvania (Westmoreland County), Greensburg — Train Station at Greensburg — Lincoln Highway
Road versus Rail—The Lincoln Highway stretches from New York City to San Francisco. In Western Pennsylvania, the Highway converges with the Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line at one location: Greensburg. The train station at Greensburg, . . . Map (db m166714) HM
96Pennsylvania (York County), Manchester Township — Dr. Alexander R. Blair / David E. Small
20. Dr. Alexander R. Blair (1826-1889): Directly off the path and slightly to your right, is the grave of Dr. Blair. He was a surgeon at the military hospital in York and accompanied the invalids east to Columbia as the Confederates . . . Map (db m205688) HM
97Virginia (Prince William County), Woodbridge — Powells Creek Crossing
Efforts began in 1864, but it wasn’t until July 2, 1872, with the aid of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that this section of rail line opened for service. The crossing at Powell’s Creek was 1,100 feet in length and constructed of heavy timber supplied . . . Map (db m5251) HM
98Virginia, Roanoke — Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG1 Electric #4919
Manufacturer: Pennsylvania Railroad Altoona Works, 1942 Length: 79 feet 6 inches Height: 15 feet Width: 10 feet 4 inches Weight: 475,000 pounds Horsepower: 4,620 Tractive effort: 70,700 pounds . . . Map (db m172240) HM
99West Virginia (Ohio County), Wheeling — Pennsylvania Depot — Access to the Prosperous East
The mighty Pennsylvania Railroad rolled into Wheeling on February 24, 1878. It provided access north to Pittsburgh and south to Parkersburg for Wheeling's industrial products. It also enabled Wheeling's farmers and manufacturers to increase trade . . . Map (db m71171) HM
100West Virginia (Ohio County), Wheeling — Pennsylvania Railroad
Arrived in Wheeling February 24, 1878Map (db m196370) HM
 
 
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Dec. 7, 2022