Early Days in Armstrong County, PA, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 29 Page Booklet, reprinted from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) Communities mentioned include: Kittanning, Freeport, Warren, Leechburg (Leechburgh), Lawrenceburg, Manorville, Parker City, Apollo, Dayton, Elderton, Rural Village, Middlesex, Oakland, Putneyville, Slate Lick, Worthington, North Vandergrift, Ford City The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Since the source books are concerned with the same subject, there is some duplication of material, but the time elasped often changes the perspective and emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Unusual ferry at Kittanning, Destruction of the Old Indian Town by Col. Armstrong, Early Settlers, The Great Western Iron Works; Biography of Robert Orr, Soldier and Judge; Captain Samuel Brady's exploits against the Indians, Origin of the Independent Treasury, Salt Wells, Canal on Buffalo Creek, Oil Excitement of 1864, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, Early Railroad History, The Blanket Hill Summit, and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include: City of Kittanning, Distant view of Freeport, and Armstrong County Public Buildings.
Armstrong County, PA
Sources: History of Armstrong County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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