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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
"Major" and "Jimmy" Gehron Marker
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — "Major" and "Jimmy" Gehron

The 1938 inspiration for Little League Baseball practicing at Uncle Tuck's [Carl E. Stotz] in 1939 ——————————— Founders and First Generation of Volunteer . . . — Map (db m120971) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Architectural Artifacts

The L.L. Stearns & Sons department store actually consisted of two separate buildings along with several additions. On this wall and the adjoining wall of the plaza are several artifacts from the facades of the Stearns buildings. The porcelain . . . — Map (db m120627) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 13 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1980

The Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center, a welding and metal trades instructional laboratory, is positioned at the northwest end of a pedestrian mall that runs south from West Third Street through the heart of the . . . — Map (db m122300) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Bardo Gymnasium Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 14 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1939

The Bardo Gymnasium, originally built as part of Williamsport High School, is named in honor of an administrator at Williamsport Area Community College, a forerunner of Penn College.

The gym hosts intercollegiate and . . . — Map (db m120850) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Benjamin Heck Crever

Born at Carlisle Pa. Mar. 16, 1817 Died at Hanover Pa. Apr. 15, 1890 Aged 73 yrs. 29 d. ———————— Founder of Dickinson Seminary 1848 — Map (db m120481) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Bill Byham Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

Bill provided exceptional commentary for over five decades, covering Lycoming College athletics and the Little League World Series. In recognition of his service, the press box section at Little League Volunteers Stadium was named in his honor . . . — Map (db m120664) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Bowman Field
Built 1926. Long noted as Pennsylvania's oldest operating minor league baseball park and the nation's second oldest. The first professional game here was played April 27, 1926, between the Williamsport Grays and the Negro league Harrisburg Giants. . . . — Map (db m43535) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 6 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1986

The Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center is dedicated in honor of the first president of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The center, which helped redefine the future of the institution decades . . . — Map (db m122446) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Bush Campus Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 4 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1993

The Bush Campus Center offers vital student services and activities. Developing social and leadership skills, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and preparing for the world of work are important aspects of student life . . . — Map (db m122459) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Carl Building Technologies Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 16 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1980

The Carl Building Technologies Center provides instructional laboratories and classrooms for programs related to building construction, service, and maintenance.

Skills students learn here often are applied off . . . — Map (db m120847) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Carl E. Stotz (1910 - 1992)
Founder of Little League Baseball and Commissioner through 1955. Stotz developed the Little League idea in 1938; in the next year three teams played 24 games. It was at this site that Stotz established field distances for the pre-teenage players. . . . — Map (db m43493) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Carl E. Stotz 1910 — 1992 A Promise Kept —

"How would you like to play on a regular team with uniforms, a new ball for every game, and bats you can really swing?" Carl asked his nephews.

After Carl received 56 sponsorship rejections, his perseverance triumphed, and in 1939 his dream . . . — Map (db m120948) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Carl E. Stotz Field Designated a National Historic Site December 2014 —

In August of 1938, Carl E. Stotz, Little League's founder, brought ten boys ages nine to twelve to this very site and laid out the dimensions for a baseball diamond suitable for youth their age. The bases were newspaper, the distance between . . . — Map (db m120970) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Centennial Mosaic Pennsylvania College of Technology Art Installations 1914 Centennial 2014 —

As part of the yearlong Centennial celebration at Pennsylvania College of Technology, three large-scale installations were created by artists with the help of students to enrich the outdoor environment of the campus.

Ceramics instructor . . . — Map (db m122323) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Chief Woapalanne created by Artist Peter Wolf Toth at the invitation of Peter A. Loedding [and later] salvaged by: Jim Webb —

Peter Wolf Toth was born one of eleven children, December 1947, in the newly formed Republic of Hungary. His early childhood was influenced by the hardships his fellow countrymen were experiencing after World War II. During an uprising in . . . — Map (db m120650) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Civil War Memorial Defenders of the Union

Erected by the People of Lycoming Co. under the auspices of The Grand Army of the Republic to the memory of Their Heroic Dead who Fell in Defence of the Union 1861 to 1865 . . . — Map (db m119622) WM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — College Avenue Labs Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 10 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 2003

The closing of a factory adjacent to campus and the generosity of company executives led to the development of College Avenue Labs.

In 2001, Hon Industries Inc. offered Penn College a generous gift-purchase agreement . . . — Map (db m122368) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Covenant Central Presbyterian Church

Achievement Award — Map (db m120364) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Dietrick Lamade (1859-1938)
German-born publisher of the Sunday Grit, for many years a national “family newspaper.” He founded it in 1882; this site was its home after 1889. He built Grit on a “good news” concept, an appeal to rural . . . — Map (db m43521) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Downtown on the Move

Downtown Shopping Throughout much of the 20th century, Williamsport shoppers found everything they needed right downtown, from fresh farm produce to clothing, home furnishings, books, and gifts. L.L. Stearns & Sons department store, on . . . — Map (db m120637) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Dr. Randall F. Hipple Williamsport Historic District [AKA Millionaire's Row Historic District]

Designated as a tribute to Dr. Randall F. Hipple for his commitment to the City of Williamsport and its heritage. During his 34 consecutive years of service (1972-2005) as a member of Williamsport City Council, he strongly . . . — Map (db m119654) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Field House Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 9 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1999

Built by students in construction-related programs, the Field House is a practice and competition arena for the Penn College Wildcats athletic teams.

Home to various student activities and special campus and . . . — Map (db m122375) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Frank Girardi Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

With 257 wins, Girardi ranks 15th all-time among NCAA football coaches as of 2016. He led Lycoming College to the Division III championship game in 1990 and 1997, and has 13 MAC titles and 11 division playoff berths. Girardi is a 2016 inductee . . . — Map (db m120546) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Freedom Road Cemetery
Daniel Hughes, a lumber raftsman on the Susquehanna, lived here, 1854-80. In the years ending with the Civil War, he brought fugitive slaves here from Maryland, protecting them before they continued north via the Underground Railroad. Hughes gave . . . — Map (db m43889) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Gary Chrisman Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

Chrisman is the voice of sports broadcasting for the Williamsport region. A graduate of Williamsport Area High School, he returned permanently to Williamsport in 1975 after earning a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Miami. In 1987, he . . . — Map (db m120680) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Hager Lifelong Education Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 12 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1984

The Hager Lifelong Education Center is dedicated in honor of a former state legislator, who was a strong supporter of the institution when it was a community college.

Following an extensive renovation, the Hager . . . — Map (db m122303) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Herdic House-Park Hotel

Achievement Award — Map (db m120464) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — John H. Bower Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

In 1921, Bower founded and organized America's oldest Sunday school basketball league. The league is still in operation today and is known locally as the "Bower League." He helped organize the first Boy Scout troop in Lycoming County in 1919. . . . — Map (db m120699) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — John Wilcox Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

In 1966, Wilcox became the first American bowler to win a World Cup title. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1999. His 885 series in 1972 stood . . . — Map (db m120656) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Julia C. Collins (? - 1865)
Essayist, teacher, and author, her work, The Curse of Caste, is considered to be among the first published novels by an African American woman. In 1865, it was serialized in the African Methodist Episcopal Christian Recorder, a . . . — Map (db m74272) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Kelly Mazzante Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

Mazzante was a three-time Kodak All-American basketball star at Penn State University, and formerly held the Big Ten scoring record for both men and women. A graduate of Montoursville Area High School, she is a four-time all-state basketball . . . — Map (db m120686) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Ken Sawyer Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

Sawyer served as the voice of Williamsport High School football and basketball, and Lycoming College football. Since 1971, he has broadcast hundreds of Little League World Series games. In 1991, he was presented with the Ray Keyes Sports Award . . . — Map (db m120665) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Klump Academic Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 15 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1914, wing added in 1934

The Klump Academic Center is the most historic landmark still in use on campus. The building opened in 1914 as Williamsport High School.

Adult vocational classes, held in the high school basement, . . . — Map (db m120849) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — L.L. Stearns & Sons History

In 1850 Laten Legg Stearns, a farmer from Massachusetts, came to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and opened his first store - L.L. Stearns. Shortly after the Civil War, he moved his merchandise by raft down the Susquehanna River to Williamsport, . . . — Map (db m120636) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Le Jeune Chef Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 11 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1984

Translated as "the young chef," Le Jeune Chef is a restaurant that presents a fine-dining experience at the heart of the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus.

Open to the public, the restaurant offers a gourmet . . . — Map (db m122327) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Little League Big Legacy 75 Years Est. 1939 —

is a project undertaken by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce through its Lycoming County Visitors Bureau programming in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball and its history here in the . . . — Map (db m120539) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Louise Larzelere Chatham

Erected by The Civic Club to the memory of Louise Larzelere Chatham 1872 - 1938 Conceiver and planner of Memorial Park 1939 — Map (db m120852) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Lycoming College

Lycoming College is a private, undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences. It is one of the fifty oldest colleges and universities in the country and holds the distinction of being co-educational since its founding in 1812. Begun as . . . — Map (db m120552) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Lycoming Construction Company

Incorporated in 1943 and founded by Herbert F. Allison, Lycoming Construction Company occupied this area from 1943-80.

Lycoming Construction helped form the infrastructure of America by building many sections of the Pennsylvania interstate . . . — Map (db m122440) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Lycoming County
Formed April 13, 1795 out of Northumberland County. The name (from a Delaware Indian word) honors Lycoming Creek. Williamsport, the County Seat, became a borough , 1806, and a city, 1866. Once a great lumbering center. Birthplace of Little League . . . — Map (db m43520) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Lycoming County War Memorial

Dedicated to the men and women of Lycoming County who served our country in time of war

[Dedicated] November 11, 1954 — Map (db m120946) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Madigan Library Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 3 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 2006

The Madigan Library offers a large collection of resources and relaxing spaces to serve students and community needs.

The 1,000-seat facility provides excellent facilities for reading, studying, and conducting . . . — Map (db m122461) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Main Entrance Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 1 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1999

Most visitors enter the sprawling, 120-plus acre campus through the main entrance, which is marked by pillars, banners, creative landscaping, water features, and a commemorative brick walkway.

Two of the most modern . . . — Map (db m122469) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Market Square

Williamsport founder Michael Ross established this Market Square as the commercial hub of his town. The Square was for many years the location of the Curbside Market, which moved indoors in 1931 and became Williamsport Growers Market. The . . . — Map (db m120534) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — P.D. Mitchell

As executive director of the former Bethune-Douglass Community Center, Mitchell was an inspiration to the black community and the community at large for nearly 40 years. He was instrumental in organizing and coaching numerous youth sports . . . — Map (db m120689) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Parkes Automotive Technology Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 8 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1970

The Parkes Automotive Technology Center at Penn College is one of the oldest postsecondary automotive instructional programs in the nation; classes were first offered nearly a century ago.

Major industry sponsors . . . — Map (db m122381) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Paul 'Babe' Mayer Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

Mayer has served as an educator, coach, sports broadcaster, and sports trainer in the Williamsport area for over four decades. In 1988, he was named the National Secondary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He retired from . . . — Map (db m120675) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Peter Herdic (1824-1888)
Owner, lumber mills, and president, Susquehanna Boom. A key player in making this city the “lumber capital of the world.” He invented the “herdic,” a rear-entry carriage, and erected many buildings here on Millionaire's Row. . . . — Map (db m43536) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Remembrance Garden Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 17 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 2006

An area of respite, reflection, and remembrance, the Remembrance Garden is located near the site of a former campus and community landmark.

For many years, the administrative headquarters of Williamsport Technical . . . — Map (db m122472) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Ron 'C.I.' Insinger Lycoming County MVP City of Williamsport Sports Walk —

The Loyalsock Township High School boys' basketball coach for more than 40 years, Insinger is the all-time winningest coach in the state of Pennsylvania, with over 800 victories. As of 2016, he has 12 District IV titles, 25 conference titles, . . . — Map (db m120544) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Ross/Brown Homes

Site of the original home of city founder, Michael Ross. James and Carile Brown, benefactors of the local library, built their home here in 1875, which later became the residence of the Episcopal bishop and then a hospital. The building was . . . — Map (db m120702) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Student & Administrative Services Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 2 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 2003

Designed for the convenience of students and the public, the Student & Administrative Services Center provides easy access to important campus services. First-time visitors typically begin their tours of campus at this . . . — Map (db m122466) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Student Bodies Pennsylvania College of Technology Art Installations 1914 Centennial 2014 —

As part of the yearlong Centennial celebration at Pennsylvania College of Technology, three large-scale installations were created by artists with the help of students to enrich the outdoor environment of the campus.

Metal sculptor and Penn . . . — Map (db m120870) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Susquehanna Log Boom
Six-mile series of piers, built by a company incorporated in 1846; used to collect and store logs during the spring log drives down the West Branch. Helped make Williamsport the world's lumber capital prior to 1900. Badly damaged in 1889 flood, the . . . — Map (db m43517) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Symbols Of Our Heritage Preserved On These Grounds

The Image of Justice - served as a weather vane atop the original court house built in 1804.

The Bronze Bell - hung beneath it in the belfrey. Both were used in the second court house built on this site in 1860.

The Date . . . — Map (db m120610) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — The Club House

Little League's first scoring booth, eventually called the Club House. Constructed in 1943 for the 1944 season, with 2" red fir from the bleachers of Bowman Field. Designed with an 8ft. hinged desk facing the diamond for Mac McCloskey to record . . . — Map (db m120947) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — The Lycoming Hotel The Genetti Hotel 75th Anniversary 1922 1997 Celebrating 75 Years of Elegance & Hospitality —

Presented by the Lycoming County Historical Society to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of this hotel built by public subscription by the Citizens of Williamsport — Map (db m120579) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Thompson Professional Development Center Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail 7 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1986

The Thompson Professional Development Center was the first on-campus facility designed and built by students, faculty, and staff as a testimonial to the quality of instruction in the College's construction-related . . . — Map (db m122390) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Trade & Transit Centre Site History

Once a wheat field and popular slope for sledding, this site has long been central to the economic growth of the City of Williamsport. The portion of the L.L. Stearns & Sons department store that occupied the corner of Pine and Third Streets . . . — Map (db m120634) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Transportation Tribute

These four sculptures stand in tribute to the role of public transportation in Williamsport's growth, economy and quality of life.

The Streetcar Era: 1865-1933 The first mode of public transportation in Williamsport was the streetcar, . . . — Map (db m120618) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Victorian House Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 5 1914 Centennial 2014 —

Constructed in 1997

The Victorian House exemplifies College traditions and a campus-wide commitment to excellence in providing hands-on education that functions in a real-world environment.

Students and faculty in building construction, . . . — Map (db m122448) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — W.D. Crooks & Sons Door Plant
During its 85 years, 1886-1971, this unique family-owned firm produced thousands of high-quality wood-veneer doors for the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and other public and private buildings across the nation. Using Pennsylvania hardwoods and many . . . — Map (db m43547) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Way's Garden

Given by J. Roman Way 1848 - 1935 to the City of Williamsport – 1913 – Erected in Grateful RecognitionMap (db m119661) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Williamson Road
Built in 1792-96 by land agent Charles Williamson to open the Genesee lands in N.Y. From Trout Run, it cut through the wilderness to Lawrenceville by the same general route as the present highway. — Map (db m43238) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Williamsport
Laid out 1795 by Michael Ross. Incorporated as a borough 1806; as a city 1866. At one time a leading lumber center of the nation. Trade and travel center for over a century. — Map (db m43519) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Williamsport
Laid out 1795 by Michael Ross. Incorporated as a borough 1806; as a city 1866. At one time a leading lumber center of the nation. Trade and travel for over a century. — Map (db m43887) HM
Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing 1883 - 1988

Planted in tribute to the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing 1883 - 1886 — Map (db m119655) HM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — World War II Memorial

In memory of those who gave their lives in the Armed Forces

Erected by American War Mothers [?] 19, 1944Map (db m119660) WM

Pennsylvania (Lycoming County), Williamsport — World War Memorial

Erected by the Citizens of the Seventh and Eleventh Wards of the City of Williamsport and Woodard and Old Lycoming Townships in memory of the Soldiers Sailors and Nurses who served in the World War

[Died in . . . — Map (db m120977) WM


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