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By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
1922 Train Station and Marker
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — 1922 Train Station — 2 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

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — American Hotel — 1 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 . . . — Map (db m109675) HM

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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Bradford County Courthouse — 301 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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Bradford County Roll of Honored Dead — In Memoria

Bradford County - Killed in Action

[Roll of Honored Dead on five pedestals] — Map (db m110404) WM

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 1865 — Map (db m90326) WM
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Citizens National Bank Building

Century Building — Map (db m109690) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Courthouse Annex — Court 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
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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Edward Overton House — 19 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 . . . — Map (db m109744) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — First Presbyterian Church — 5 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

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Frost's Furniture Factory — 1865-1933

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

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 . . . — Map (db m109679) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Masonic Building

Century Building — Map (db m109688) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Maxwell-Bennett House — 209 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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Medal of Honor Recipients During the American Civil War — 1861 - 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

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

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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — 2015 — 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

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
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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Creamery — 36 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 . . . — Map (db m109663) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Daily Review — 116 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
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Keystone Theatre
. . . — Map (db m109649) HM
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Macfarlane House — 21 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

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Old Bradford County Jail — 109 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
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 . . . — Map (db m110401) WM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — The Train Station — 1 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 . . . — Map (db m109655) HM

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 . . . — Map (db m110417) WM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Towanda Academy
Former Towanda Academy attended by Stephen C. Foster 1840. — Map (db m90330) HM
Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Towanda First Methodist Church — 105 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 . . . — Map (db m109854) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — Towanda Public Library — 104 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 . . . — Map (db m109804) HM

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 . . . — Map (db m109674) HM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — United States Air Force — Aim 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

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — United States Army — Army 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 . . . — Map (db m110397) HM WM

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — United States Marine Corps — Semper 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

Pennsylvania (Bradford County), Towanda — United States Navy — Not 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

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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