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By Mike Wintermantel, February 7, 2012
Alleghany Furnace Marker
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 — 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 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 — Endress War Memorial
[Marker is missing] — Map (db m53755) 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 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 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), 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 — 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 — 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 — 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), 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), 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), 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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