One of my favorite things about Pennsylvania history is learning about all of the ethnic groups that came to the area and how they left their marks on the state. Thanks to its coal industry, northeastern Pennsylvania has a rich history of immigrants from Eastern Europe….
There are few focal heroes more popular than Daniel Boone. While many of the stories of his life are either embellished or completely fabricated, it was Boone who opened up the route to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap that 200,000 settlers followed in the coming…READ MORE
Pennsylvania is home to four of the United States’ 30 national memorials. I’ve previously visited the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, both in Philadelphia. However, until recently, I hadn’t visited the site of one of the…READ MORE
Pennsylvania is home to over 200 beautiful and historic covered bridges scattered throughout the state. Of those bridges, only three remain in Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region, and only one still stands in Mercer County. However, for covered bridge enthusiasts, this unique bridge is well worth taking the…READ MORE
For as long as it’s been a community, Altoona has been tied to transportation. In fact, it was the Pennsylvania Railroad that founded the town in 1849, as they needed a shop and maintenance complex in the middle of the state. By 1880, with the…READ MORE
A century ago, Pennsylvania was dotted with dozens of small amusement parks designed to give city dwellers a leisure opportunity. Many of these parks were owned by railroad and trolley companies, who would shuttle tens of thousands of people every year from downtown areas to…READ MORE