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Meadville, Pennsylvania Historical Markers

 
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By Mike Wintermantel, March 20, 2011
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Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Allegheny College
Oldest college in continuous existence under the same name west of the Allegheny Mountains. Founded 1815. Chartered 1817. The college's first president, Timothy Alden, was architect of Bentley Hall, which became the center of administration. — Map (db m41020) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Baldwin House
Two blocks from here is the home built 1841 by Justice Henry Baldwin. Appointed to United States Supreme Court in 1830. As a member of Congress in 1816 to 1822, he was an early protective tariff advocate. — Map (db m41021) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Bicentennial
This red oak and time capsule placed in honor of the two hundredth year of the settlement of the Meadville Community — Dedicated July 4, 1988 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Other Centennial Trees 1 . . . — Map (db m132141) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Birthplace of the Direct Primary
Here in Crawford County on Sept. 9, 1842, direct primary elections were born when county Democrats used this system to nominate candidates for the legislature and county offices. Republicans here began voting by this method in 1860. This "Crawford . . . — Map (db m41024) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Bishop James M. Thoburn
Methodist missionary to India, south Asia, and the Philippines, 1859 to 1908. Upon retirement he lived in Meadville until his death in 1922. He is buried in Greendale Cemetery. — Map (db m55074) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Central Station — 1915
Built to replace the old fire headquarters in City Hall, Central Station housed the three engines of the newly automotive truck fleet. Upstairs sleeping quarters made a full time force possible and the fire bell was supplemented by an extensive . . . — Map (db m132127) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1807 as the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Manufacture and the Useful Arts, the nation's third oldest Chamber of Commerce met here in the old log courthouse, led by Crawford Messenger editor Thomas Atkinson and Holland Land . . . — Map (db m60448) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Chestnut St. Bridge
From 1830 to 1870 two waterways quartered the city: Mill Run, NE to SW, and the Feeder Canal, NW to SE. Here, for three blocks, they shared their courses before diverging; the Run to French Creek, the Canal Conneaut Lake, commercial contacts & . . . — Map (db m132125) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Col. William Crawford
In commemoration of Col. William Crawford born in Virginia in 1732, burned at the stake by the Delaware Indians near Sandusky, Ohio, June 11, 1782 Revolutionary soldier, friend and companion of Washington, brave and . . . — Map (db m132138) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Company "A" 211th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers
This tablet is erected in memory of the men who composed Company "A" 211th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, who enlisted in Crawford County and went forth in defense of their country in the Civil War of 1861-1865. Elias . . . — Map (db m132161) WM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Crawford County
Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County. Meadville, in 1788, was the first permanent settlement in northwest Pennsylvania. In 1842 the nation's first direct primary was held here. Cradle of the oil and zipper industries. Named for Colonel . . . — Map (db m41026) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Crawford County's Tribute to Her Loyal Sons
1861 - 1865 — Map (db m132137) WM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Dedicated to All Veterans...
Dedicated to all veterans... In honor of those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice Global War on Terror [Names not listed] World War I [Names not listed] World War II [Names not listed] Korea [Names . . . — Map (db m132131) WM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Desegregation of Pennsylvania Schools
An event here in September 1880 led to the end of segregation by race in the state's public schools. At the South Ward schools, Elias Allen tried unsuccessfully to enroll his two children. He appealed to the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas, . . . — Map (db m41027) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Erected May 12, 1888
Erected May 12, 1888 to mark the hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Crawford County and the founding of Meadville Pa. — Map (db m132128) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — First Christian Church
Reflecting the diversity of early religious life, the first church here was the Central or Second Presbyterian acquired in 1904 by the Christian Church. In 1963 a new sanctuary was built on North Main Extension and the Landmark brick Church razed. — Map (db m55072) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Founding Site of Allegheny College
Founding site of Allegheny College June 20, 1815 and of a Society for the encouragement of manufacturers and arts Feb. 12, 1807 now the third oldest chamber of commerce in the nation. — Map (db m132144) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — French Creek
The Riviere aux Boeufs of the French, renamed by George Washington in 1753. It had an important part in the French and Indian War and the settlement of northwestern Pennsylvania. — Map (db m60445) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — French Creek Feeder
The canal visible beyond the field was built 1827-1834. Repaired in 1841, it carried water from French Creek to Conneaut Lake, reservoir for the Erie Extension canal, which operated between Erie and New Castle , 1844-71. — Map (db m55065) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — French Creek Feeder
The canal bed beside the road is part of a channel constructed 1827-1834 to take water from Meadville to Conneaut Lake for the Erie Extension Canal. Two miles below here the Feeder crossed the creek by aqueduct. — Map (db m60444) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Hillcrest
Developed by Meaville Housing Corporation in 1936, it was the first project of its kind to be guaranteed by the FHA. Ninety seven industries, business concerns and individuals subscribed to the initial stock offering and the mortgage was . . . — Map (db m83698) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Historic District
Meadville's Downtown National Register District extends North from Clinton Court to North Street and West from Chancery Lane to Mulberry Street. It includes the institutional, commercial, industrial and residential hub of David Mead's original 1788 . . . — Map (db m55068) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Judge Derickson House — 1828
Built as a two-story Federal-style home by David Derickson, judge of the 6th District. An 1821 graduate of Allegheny College admitted to the Bar in 1823, he trained many early attorneys. The house, bought in 1848 by Hiram L. Richmond Esq., was . . . — Map (db m132143) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Library Hall
Built as a production facility for the Meadville Woolen Company, this building later served as market & meeting hall. From 1879 to 1925 it was the home of the Meadville Library, Art, and Historical Association then was converted to commercial use. — Map (db m55071) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — M60A1 — Built in 1972
Combat Weight: 105,000 pounds Length: 273" Width with gun forward: 371" Width: 141" Height: 126.8" Armament: 105mm M68 — 63 rounds 12.7 mm MG — 900 rounds .30 cal MG — 5950 round Engine: Continental 12 . . . — Map (db m132116) WM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Meadville
Founded in 1788 by David Mead and other settlers from the Wyoming region. In 1800 made county seat. First direct primary in United States held here in 1842. Making of hookless fasteners was pioneered here. — Map (db m41028) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Meadville Market House
Built in 1870, enlarged in 1916, rescued in 1970 by a community drive, the Meadville Market House is the oldest continuous use market structure in Pennsylvania. Here, in the ancient tradition, farmers and local craftsmen still present their goods . . . — Map (db m85233) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Meadville Woolen Mills
In 1810, on hand looms and spinning wheels, Meadville produced 16,818 yards of woolen material. By 1870 a steam-powered mill, built here where Mill Run and the Feeder Canal joined briefly, made fine woolens from the fleece of county sheep for . . . — Map (db m85237) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Meridian Building — 1926
The first "fireproof" building in Meadville, designed in the Chicago style, it was constructed without flammable material except for its window frames and doors. It was initially a medical professionals building with doctors and dentists on the . . . — Map (db m132126) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Mill Run
Essential to the growth of an early frontier town, this vigorous stream provided power to early mill wheels and water for fire fighting, and fed the French Creek Feeder Canal. By 1910 it was built over and largely lost to view. — Map (db m132118) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Raymond Philip Shafer — (1917-2006)
Pennsylvania State Senator, 1959-63, Lieutenant Governor, 1963-67, and Governor, 1967-71. The 1874 state charter was substantially reformed at a constitutional convention during his term. He promoted improvements in welfare, transportation, . . . — Map (db m41029) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Richard Henderson
Born a slave in Maryland in 1801, he escaped as a boy and about 1824 came to Meadville. A barber, he was long active in the Underground Railroad. His Arch Street house, since torn down, is estimated to have harbored some 500 runaway slaves prior to . . . — Map (db m41030) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Roddy Law Office
Canadian born Thomas Roddy was admitted to the Crawford County Bar in 1870. He served on City Council, library boards and Market House oversight committee. In 1881 he won Elias Allen's suit which desegregated Pennsylvania schools-all despite being . . . — Map (db m55069) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Site of First Court House and Gaol North of Pittsburgh
Site of First Court House and Gaol North of Pittsburgh 1804 - 1825 — Map (db m132146) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Site of the Gibson Tavern
Site of the Gibson Tavern where Lafayette rested and dined on his way through Meadville June 2 1825 — Map (db m132120) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Spirella Company
Founded 1904 Spirella, the world's largest corset maker, employed 1 of 27 local workers. A paternalistic management sponsored classes, an infirmary, library, cafeteria & ball team. This building with its north light windows was the primary sewing . . . — Map (db m132136) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Federal Building — 1910
This Georgian Revival post office and federal office complex, built to meet the needs of a rapidly growing community, provided office space for our Congressman, federal agencies, and later selective service and social security offices. Despite a . . . — Map (db m132134) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Kepler Hotel
The landmark Kepler Hotel, built in 1890, enlarged in 1923, served the community for 60 years. The Kepler family had operated hotels since 1812 at Woodcock, Venango, & Titusville before coming to Market Square in 1875. Revitalized 2003 by Meadville . . . — Map (db m85235) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Market House Plaza — 1985
In 1917 City Council acted to more than double the size of the Market House by lengthening the structure and adding a full second floor to house social service offices, meeting and rest rooms. In 1985 the former haymarket at the west side of Market . . . — Map (db m132123) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Masonic Building — 1913
Meadville's second "skyscraper", designed in the Beaux Arts style, was built as a home for the numerous Masonic orders and reflected the growth and prosperity of the early 20th century city. Converted to private ownership in 1995 , its commercial . . . — Map (db m132133) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Promenade de Fismes
The cities of Fismes, France and Meadville, U.S.A. have shared a long history of friendship dating back to World Wars I and II. In tribute to this special friendship this walkway in Diamond Park shall forever more be known as the Promenade de . . . — Map (db m132140) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Shryock Store — 1870
Built in 1870 as a 30' x 100' store front, this three-story building first housed a meat market, with offices and club social rooms upstairs. In 1901 the John J. Shryock store moved here and remained, the city's major home furniture store, until . . . — Map (db m132119) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Snodgrass Building — 1909
Dr. David Snodgrass built this office and residence and practiced here for 20 years. His widow rented the medical offices but retained her home here, creating apartments on the upper floor. An early answering and business service, begun for medical . . . — Map (db m132117) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — The Spirella Company
On this site were located the offices of the Spirella Company which produced made-to-measure corsets. The company provided jobs for 25 percent of Meadville's residents after the 1904 invention of a flexible steel stay by MM Beeman. Employee benefits . . . — Map (db m55067) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Unitarian Church
A fine example of Greek Revival architecture. It was erected in 1835-36 at a cost of $3500, mostly given by Shippen and Huidekoper families. Planned by the builder of Fort Sumter, General George W. Cullum. — Map (db m41031) HM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — War Veterans Memorial
This memorial dedicated to War Veterans of all wars who fought to preserve our country — Map (db m132129) WM
Pennsylvania (Crawford County), Meadville — Within This Block
Within this block, John James Audubon sketched portraits in Colson's Store, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 1824, and General the Marquis de Lafayette was entertained at Gibson's Tavern, June 2, 1825. — Map (db m132121) HM

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