The history of Indiana County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 24 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Source books include: 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.) The communities mentioned include: Indiana, Homer City, Blairsville, Saltsburg, Armagh, Mechanicsburg, Marion, Shelocta, Cherry Tree, Graceton, Coral, Josephine and Black Lick. The Egle history covers 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. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers, where they came from; Hardships - Lack of food, surplus of Wolves and Indians; Discovery of Salt and Development of Salt Wells; Early Ministers and Churches; George Clymer, signer of the Declaration of Independance and benefactor of Indiana; James Campbell, Andrew Brown, Capt. John Blair and other prominent citizens; Indiana State Teacher's College and other Educational Institutions; Canal, Railroads and Turnpike in Indiana County; Remarkable Courthouse Clock; Coke and Beehive Ovens; Moorhead Fort; an "unpardonable blunder" to save a "pittance"; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The excerpt from the third book includes a 1940s map of the county, a map showing all 67 Pennsylvania counties, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress to the end of World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include the Central part of the town of Indiana, Blairsville, the Indiana County Court House, and others.
Indiana County, PA
Sources: An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; History of Indiana County Pennsylvania
Authors: William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1876
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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