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Juniata Mifflin and Perry Counties

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The history of Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this New 70 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from 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.) The Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes relating to sightseeing possibilities. The recently added excerpt from the 1946 book includes a map of each county, several photos and a concise update of each county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. Juniata County: Communities mentioned include: Mifflintown (Mifflin); Thompsontown; Port Royal (formerly Perrysville); Tammanytown, Waterford, Waterloo, Ridgeville, Patterson, Oakland, McAllisterville (formerly Calhounsville), Mexico, Taylorsville, Peru Mills and Shade Valley. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: First Settlers; Physical Features; the "Grey Property Case," a lengthy dispute over rich acreage in the Tuscarora Valley involving Indian captivity and fraud; the Children’s Grasshopper War; "Fabled" Precious Mines; Capt. James Paterson’s Target Practice; More Indian Massacres and Kidnappings; Area Churches; Devastating Fires; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include: Juniata Court Huse and Soldiers Memorial. Mifflin County: Communities mentioned include: Lewistown, Reedsville (formerly Brown’s Hills), McVeytown (formerly Waynesburg), Newton Hamilton (formerly Muhlenberg and Hamilton), Belleville, Horrelstown, Freedom Forge, Yeagertown, Milroy, Allenville, Burnham and Alfarata. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Alexander Caverns and other Physical Features; Arthur Buchanan, the First Settler, and Those Who Followed; Capture of Fort Granville and the Cruel Torture of Capt. Turner; the Lead Mystery; Tales of Logan, Indian Friend of the White Man; Judge Brown and Samuel Maclay; Kishacoquillas Valley and Kishicokelas Creek; Boundary Dispute; Riot at Lewistown in 1791; the Pennsylvania Canal; Participation in War of 1812, Mexican War and the Civil War; Three Natural Disasters in less than a year; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include: View of Central Part of Lewistown, Mifflin County Court House, Lewistown Narrows, Pennsylvania Railroad (full page). Perry County: Communities mentioned include: New Bloomfield (Bloomfield), Millerstown, Duncannon (formerly Petersburg), Liverpool, Landisburg, Newport (formerly Reidersville), New Buffalo, Ickesburg, Andersonburg, Baskinsville, Blain and Marysville. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Recollections of an early pioneer; Massacre of Woolcomber, White, Campbell, Anderson families and others; Shearman's Valley (Sherman); Trespassing Settlers; New Bloomfield Academy; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include: Bloomfield, Petersburg with Duncan's Island Bridge, Perry County Courthouse at New Bloomfield, Burrough of Newport.

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Cover of Juniata Mifflin and Perry Counties History

Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; Juniata County; Mifflin County; Perry County
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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