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Duncansville, Pennsylvania Historical Markers

 
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By Mike Wintermantel, February 6, 2012
Blair Homestead Marker
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Blair Homestead
Erected 1785 by Thomas Blair. Residence of his son, John Blair, for whom Blair County was named in 1846. John Blair was a member of the General Assembly and until his death, 1832, a leading citizen of the region. — Map (db m52309) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Fort Fetter
This Comfort Inn stands on the site once occupied by Fort Fetter. Michael Fetter's barn was fortified and named Fort Fetter circa 1777. It served throughout the American Revolutionary War as a fortified structure for the defense of the local . . . — Map (db m75206) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Gallitzin Spring
The spring opposite here was a favorite stopping place of Prince Gallitzin, famous missionary and founder of the Loretto Settlement. He was often known as Father Smith. — Map (db m52473) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Gallitzin Spring
The spring opposite here was a favorite stopping place of Prince Gallitzin, noted prince-priest and missionary who founded the settlement at Loretto in 1792. He was also known as Father Smith. Buried at Loretto, site of his chapel. — Map (db m52474) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Portage Railroad
Here was Number 6 of the ten inclined planes used to carry canal boats by rail, Hollidaysburg to Johnstown. This unique engineering feat was completed in 1834. The length of the road was 36 miles long. — Map (db m52475) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Portage Railroad
Here was Number 6 of the ten inclined planes used to carry canal boats by rail, Hollidaysburg to Johnstown. This unique engineering feat was completed in 1834. The road was 36 miles long. — Map (db m52476) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — The Old Portage Rail Road Monument
(side 1) This Monument Was erected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Old Portage Rail Road March 18, 1834 A scale model of one of the inclined planes is in the Blair County Historical Museum, Altoona, . . . — Map (db m52478) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Duncansville — Why a Skewed Arch Bridge?
From 1834 to 1854 the Portage Railroad passed beneath the Skew Arch Bridge. The original hand hewn stone bridge was built at right angles to the railroad. A right angle turn was arduous for a wagon to negotiate; therefore to make the crossing . . . — Map (db m60761) HM

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