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By Mike Wintermantel, February 7, 2012
Alleghany Furnace Marker
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Alleghany Furnace
Opposite are remains of furnace built in 1811, the second in this section. It was operated until 1884. The stone store building built in 1837 is the oldest in the city of Altoona. — Map (db m52336) HM
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona Area High School Mountain Lion
This mountain lion has stood proudly on the campus of Altoona Area High School since May, 1972. Heinz Warneke, the sculptor of the Penn State University Nittany Lion, was hired by the AAHS Alumni Association to create a similar piece as a tribute . . . — Map (db m53752) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Baker Mansion
This fine example of Greek Revival Architecture was the home of Elias Baker, a leading ironmaster of the region. Built in 1846, it is now the museum and home of the Blair County Historical Society. Located on the hill opposite this point. — Map (db m52338) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Baker Mansion
Erected 1844-1847. Architect, Robert Cary Long, Jr. Residence of Elias Baker, Ironmaster, and his family, 1848 to 1914. Museum of the Blair County Historical Society since 1922. Entrance to mansion from street in rear. — Map (db m52342) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Blair County Memorial Highway
To all Sons of Blair County who served this nation in time of war, this road of memory is gratefully dedicated for all time Dedicated Nov. 12, 1933 Rededicated Nov. 11, 1992 — Map (db m53757) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Blair County War Mothers Memorial
That the loving memory of Blair County's War Mothers may be forever perpetuated, this shaft is erected by a grateful people — Map (db m53756) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Endress War Memorial
[Marker is missing] — Map (db m53755) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Harold L. Ickes (1874-1952)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of the Interior 1933-46. Builder of public works, ardent conservationist, fierce fighter for human rights, advocate of government as an agent for the public good. This is the site of his boyhood home. — Map (db m52344) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Isaac Charles Mishler (1862-1944)
Lancaster native and Altoona businessman and promoter. Built and managed theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1906, he built the opulent Mishler Theater here for stage shows, musical performances, live theater, and vaudeville. — Map (db m52345) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Leap-The-Dips Roller Coaster
Built here in 1902 by E. Joy Morris of Philadelphia, it was among some 250 side-friction figure eight roller coasters in North America. It became the last known ride of this type and the world's oldest known operating roller coaster. A National . . . — Map (db m52346) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Logan House
At the famous railroad hotel on this site was held the Conference of Northern War Governors, September 24-26, 1862. Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania called the meeting which united forces behind Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. — Map (db m52347) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Memorial Projectile
Erected in honor of the Soldiers and Sailors of the Spanish American War This projectile was fired from one of the guns of the fleet of the U.S. Navy at Santiago Cuba June. 23. 1898. — Map (db m53751) HM
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922
Over 300,000 skilled tradesmen went on strike against United States railroads to defend gains by unions during World War One. The Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Altoona led the anti-union opposition. The bitter struggle led to the 1926 Railway Labor . . . — Map (db m52867) HM
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Fairview Cemetery
Died For Their Country (South face) (Top Center Column) Capt. Henry Wayne Capt. T. L. McGlathery Capt. P. T. Keys (Left Column) Lieut. Geo. W. Burley Lieut. P. Morris J. Kelly G. R. Everson Jr. G. M. Loudon J. S. . . . — Map (db m95886) WM
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to CW2 Sheldon Schultz and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action 1973 — Map (db m53754) HM
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (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
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Altoona — 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
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Altoona — 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

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