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By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
"Bathhouse U" Marker
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — "Bathhouse U"
"Bathhouse U" became a popular nickname for the Altoona Undergraduate Center when it moved to Ivyside Park in 1948. The huge two-block-long dressing room - with its 4000 swimmers' locker baskets -- was remodeled into the AUC's "Main Building." When . . . — Map (db m135611) HM
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 — Altoona Killed in Action Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the Altoona service men & women who have paid the ultimate price for our country [Plaques with names listed under with specific wars mentioned from left to right:] World War I Korean War . . . — Map (db m135589) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
In memory of United States soldiers & sailors of all wars — Map (db m135579) WM
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 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
To honor these citizens of Blair County who were awarded their nations highest honor the Congressional Medal of Honor J. Levi Roush - U.S.A. - Civil War John Hickman - U.S.N. - Civil War William P. MacLay - U.S.A. - Phillippine . . . — Map (db m135604) WM
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 — Blair-Bedford Central Council A.F.L.-C.I.O. Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Blair and Bedford Counties who have served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America [Additional plaque on another side of the memorial] This memorial is . . . — Map (db m135610) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — City of Altoona [7th Street Bridge]
Here stands foundation stones, a piece of the upper corner truss and the dedication plaque from the 7th Street Bridge that was constructed at this location from 1912 to 1913. This bridge served Altoona for 91 years and became part of many memories . . . — Map (db m135588) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Elm & Pine Buildings
The small Pine and Elm buildings are the only two buildings left from the Ivyside Amusement Park. The Elm Building also wins the prize as the most remodeled building on campus. Originally the shooting gallery for the Ivyside Park, the building held . . . — Map (db m135614) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Endress War Memorial
[Marker is missing] — Map (db m53755) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — First Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA
At this location March 16 1867 First PRR YMCA organized Second railroad YMCA in USA Erected March 16 1951 75th anniversary — Map (db m135591) 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 — Ivyside Park Swimming Pool
The Community Arts Center parking lot is located on the site of the former Ivyside Park Swimming Pool, once the world's largest concrete pool filled with three million gallons of water. The giant pool measured in at 650 feet long, 186 feet wide, and . . . — Map (db m135616) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Juniata's Tribute to Honor
Erected by citizens of Juniata in honor of the young men and the young women of this town, who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and with the American Red Cross in the Great War of 1917-1918. Stars indicate the names of those . . . — Map (db m135617) WM
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 — Locomotive 790 Bell
This bell was made for Locomotive 790 Builders No. 3165 Locomotive 790 was built Juniata Shops, Altoona, PA. 12-18-1916 — Map (db m135592) 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 — Logan Valley Mall Fire
This section of Logan Valley Mall, Altoona, Pa. Originally opened: November 3, 1965 Destroyed by fire: December 16, 1994 Reopened: May 23, 1996 — Map (db m135576) 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 — Penn State Altoona
In commemoration of the many dedicated and devoted veterans and citizens of the Altoona community whose hard work, vision and spirit led to the growth of Penn State Altoona and its relocation from downtown Altoona to its present site at Ivyside Park . . . — Map (db m135612) 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 — PRR Express Refrigerator Car No. 2561
"They'd say, 'Buzz, you're going to Harrisburg on a high class'.... You checked each other's watch." — Russ Marlett, Conductor A freight train that carried perishables, like fruit or meat, was called a "high . . . — Map (db m135581) 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 — Reflecting Pond
The Reflecting Pond originally served as the warming dam for the Ivyside Park Swimming Pool. The freshwater pool was fed by Spring Run and the cold spring water was warmed in the warming dam before entering the pool. The warming dam, originally 15 . . . — Map (db m135615) 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 — Stars & Stripes Forever
Stars & Stripes Forever — Map (db m135609) 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 Downtown Altoona Historic District
The Downtown Altoona Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m135607) 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 Juniata Shops
The Juniata Shops By 1889, the Pennsylvania Railroad had outgrown the capacity of the shop complex here at 12th street. Soon the facilities here would be complemented by new buildings in the nearby borough of Juniata, not yet a part of the . . . — Map (db m135585) 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 (Blair County), Altoona — The Silver Chief Rob Fisher 1978
The "Silver Chief" was created by sculptor Rob Fisher of Bellefonte, PA in 1978 and was given to the City of Altoona by the Downtown Altoona Progress Association. The figure is made of stainless steel and Fiberglass and is attached to an antique . . . — Map (db m135608) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Track Cars
These two track cars were used for two different purposes. The Grey Brookville Locomotive, No. 2681, was built in 1941 and served at a clay quarry at Massilon, Ohio. It had a 60 HP Ford V-8 engine, it was retired in 1961. The Yellow Conrail car, No. . . . — Map (db m135582) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans Mall
In honor of S/Sgt. Robert E. Laws C.M.H. Dedicated to the men and women who honorably served their country... World War I Veterans American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Disabled American Veterans Society of 28 Division . . . — Map (db m135606) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Two groups of veterans who had served in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and China merged into the American Veterans of Foreign Service on September 13 - 15, 1905, at the Eastside Theatre in Altoona. The new group was a forerunner of the V. F. W. . . . — Map (db m135605) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Bellwood — Fort Roberdeau
The Revolutionary fort site can be seen a few miles from here. Built 1778 by Daniel Roberdeau to protect lead mines in Sinking Valley which supplied the Continental army. — Map (db m52429) HM
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
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Adam Holliday
Adam Holliday and his brother, William, in 1768, traveling west from Lancaster County, stopped on this spot, and Adam, driving a stake into the ground, remarked: "Whoever is alive one hundred years from now will see a tolerable sized town here . . . — Map (db m135573) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Blair County
Formed on February 26, 1846 from Bedford and Huntingdon counties. Named for the Honorable John Blair, a prominent citizen who died in 1832. Hollidaysburg, county seat, was incorporated 1836. City of Altoona, founded 1849, became a major railroad . . . — Map (db m52348) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Blair County Civil War Memorial
Tribute of Blair County in honor of her sons who fought for the Union 1861 — 1865 — Map (db m135574) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Canal Basin
Here at Hollidaysburg the 127-mile Juniata Division of the Pennsylvania Canal met the Allegheny Portage Railroad, which extended 36 miles west over the mountain to Johnstown. The Juniata Division was opened in 1832, the railroad in March 1834. . . . — Map (db m52307) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931)
Here was boyhood home of the Black physician who pioneered successful heart surgery, 1893. Founded Provident Hospital, Chicago, 1891. Chief surgeon at Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, DC, 1894-98. Charter member, College of Surgeons, 1913. — Map (db m52308) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — First High School
Historic Hollidaysburg 1877 First High School — Map (db m135570) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Frankstown
The site, prior to 1748, of a Delaware-Shawnee village called Assunepachla. Here the trader, Frank Stevens, had a fur post as early as 1734. The Kittanning Path led through here. — Map (db m52349) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Hollidaysburg — Jaycee Memorial Park
Dedicated to those who have given their lives in the service of their country [Additional plaque on the grounds of the park] "All gave some — Some gave all" Dedicated to the memory of all who proudly served . . . — Map (db m135575) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Logan — Trackside Buildings
This 1870s view of Horseshoe Curve looks north past the rubble-strewn trackside area where you are standing, to show a coal hopper and a track along the hillside. These are evidence of coal mining activity along Kittanning Run. The shanty in the . . . — Map (db m55541) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Martinsburg — The Yellow Corner
Martinsburg's first merchantile store was built with logs on this site in the year 1815 by merchants Samuel Myers and William Entriken. The deteriorating 1850 brick building that was later built on this site was replaced with the present structure . . . — Map (db m121101) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Roaring Spring — Honor Roll
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Pennsylvania (Blair County), Roaring Spring — The Dick Schoolhouse
The Dick Schoolhouse built in the period 1830 - 32 by early settlers in Morrisons Cove as a subscription school — Map (db m135655) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — "The Big Spring"
Near this spring for many years resided Thachnectorus "The Spreading Oak" alias Captain John Logan (1718-1820) Eldest son of Shikellemus, Vice-Gerent of the Iroquois Federation in Pennsylvania and a staunch and tried friend . . . — Map (db m134807) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Civil War
Civil War 1861 — 1865 US Dedicated to those who preserved the Union — Map (db m134791) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — First Building
On this site was erected the first building in Tyrone and occupied by Jacob Burley in the year 1850 — Map (db m134808) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Fred Waring (1900-1984)
World-renowned choral arranger and band leader, Waring was born and raised in Tyrone. In 1919, while attending Penn State, he started “Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians,” a popular musical group that entertained for seven decades on . . . — Map (db m52425) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Korean War
Korean War 1950 - 1953 Remembering those who served in the Korean War — Map (db m134799) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Nearby Was the Birthplace of Fred Waring
A descendant of William G. Waring, who was among the first to settle in Tyrone. His heritage and those experiences he enjoyed here as a "Boy Scout" provided him with the vision, talent, and professionalism which established him as a renowned musical . . . — Map (db m134784) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Site of the Former Historic City Hotel
Situated on the site of the former historic City Hotel, this park was made possible through a generous gift from Charles Philip Judge to his beloved "adopted hometown", Tyrone. The City Hotel Courtyard will serve as a memorial to the . . . — Map (db m134809) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Tyrone and Vicinity World War I Killed in Action Memorial
1917 - 1918 Dedicated to the boys of Tyrone and vicinity who gave full measure of devotion to their country that civilization might endure Edward M. Beightol John H. Bennett Paul W. Borrows George Briggs Francis . . . — Map (db m134788) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Tyrone and Vicinity World War II Killed in Action Memorial
1941 - 1945 Dedicated to the memory of those from Tyrone and Vicinity who gave the last full measure of devotion during the Second World War [Names not listed]Map (db m134786) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Tyrone Area Armed Forces Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of the Tyrone area who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America during war and peace — Map (db m134803) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Tyrone Division of the Pennsylvania System World War I Memorial
Dedicated in honor of those employes of Tyrone Division of the Pennsylvania Division who fought in the World War, those who fought and lived and those who fought and died, those who gave much and those who gave all [Names not . . . — Map (db m134789) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Tyrone Veterans Memorial
"All gave some — Some gave all" Dedicated to the memory of all who proudly served and protected their country — Map (db m134790) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Vietnam 1964 - 1973
A memorial to those men from Tyrone who gave full devotion to duty for country Leonard Bradford Charles Caffarelli Robert Watson Donald W. Welch Roger O. Woodring — Map (db m134785) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Vietnam
Vietnam In honor of all who served — Map (db m134800) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — Walter L. Maine Circus Train Wreck Memorial Day Tuesday, May 30, 1893 —
On this ground occured one of the greatest circus train wrecks in the history of the world. At about 4:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main Great Circus Train ran out of control as it descended the Tyrone Mountain, shot out over the curve and wrecked at . . . — Map (db m134783) HM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Tyrone — War on Terror
War on Terror Kosovo Iraq Afghanistan We solute those in uniform who guard against terror — Map (db m134802) WM
Pennsylvania (Blair County), Williamsburg — Juniata Iron
Along the streams of this region are ruins of many charcoal iron furnaces and forges built between 1790 and 1850 that produced some of the highest quality iron in the nation. The reign of Juniata Iron ended with the rise of coal and coke . . . — Map (db m95168) HM

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