Huntingdon April 30 - May 3, 2005 . . .

On this trip we visited several historical sites in the National Register of Historical Places (NRHP). The Register is maintained by the National Park Service and lists historical sites of local, state and national significance.

Saturday April 30

Larry left Harlansburg at 10:15AM, made a pit stop at Prospect FNB for cash infusion. Took 422, then through Altoona and Skelp, arriving at the Schmidt house at 12:50PM. That was 2:35 with the pit stop. 155 minutes and 150.4 miles. Hmmm, that's 58 mph average. Must have either caught all 9 traffic lights green or gotten into a time warp. I didn't think I was pushing at all.

I took a walking tour of the yard while Gene took a shower. Then on to Kelly's Korner for a couple of Cheeseburgers. Afterward, Gene tried to call Spriggles. The bulletin board at Kelly's had an ad for the Huntingdon Mayfest, and we decided to go . . .

Mayfest April 30
It was in downtown Huntingdon on Washington Street plus some side streets,
spread across 5 blocks from 8th to William Smith.
It was really an eclectic festival, including Victorian era, Renaissance Faire, Back to the 50's,
Colonial Times, Woodstock, WWII Homefront, Native American and the Underground RR.
And, as you can see, horse drawn wagon rides.
Chainsaw Carvings by Tim.
Tim Klock 814-937-4720
A rather rag-tag, unenthusiastic, group of Union Troops.

Gene found a metal detector at Radio Shack for $10 off. Since he can't resist buying anything marked down (he once tried to purchase an escalator at Kaufmans), he bought it. Then he found out he had to pay another $6.58 for two 9 volt batteries to run it.

Back into the car for a quick tour around town . . .

On to the Light House for a couple of salads.

Then back to Gene's, where we checked out the new metal detector. It works much better than I expected and was easily able to find a finger nail clipper on the ground. It should certainly work for a wedge in the woods.

We had a discussion about the weight of water and how a fluid ounce doesn't weigh an ounce.
Following are the calculations I put together later:

Weight of Water

Given Constants & Conversion Factors:
  1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
  1 cc water weighs 1 gram @39.2 degrees F (approximately)
  1 gallon = 231 cubic inches by definition
  1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces by definition
  1 ounce avdp = 28.35 grams

1 cubic inch = 2.54 * 2.54 * 2.54 = 16.387 cc
1 cubic inch of  water weighs 16.387 grams @39.2 degree F

1 fluid ounce = 231 / 128 = 1.8047 cubic inches
1 fluid ounce of water weighs 1.8047 * 16.387 = 29.5736 grams

1 fluid ounce of water weighs 29.5736 / 28.35 = 1.04316 ounce avdp @39.2 degrees F

So: A pint's 1.04316 pounds the world around.
Well, that applies in those countries that use the pound, 
which turns out to be the US.  Most everybody else has gone metric.
So more accurately, a liter's a kilogram the world around.

Sunday May 1

Rechecked the back property line in the daylight and found only one pin. One was missing as Gene suspected. Then on to the Light House for breakfast.
We decided to visit Huntingdon County registered historical places. So south on SR26 to . . .

Brumbaugh Homestead
a.k.a. Timothy Meadows Farm; NE of Marklesburg, on Weller Rd, off PA 26.
Now federal property, part of Raystown Dam.
On the sign next to the house:
"This stone house built by Jacob Brumbaugh in 1804 is a fine example of Early American architecture: combining home and 'Brethren Meeting House'. One interior wall on the first floor was hinged so that space could be made available for church services.
Listed on National Register of Historic Places."
Valley View Cemetery, a.k.a. Brumbaugh Cemetery, is next to the homestead.

The closest grave stone is George L Getic, Jeannie Spriggle's father.

There are many Brumbaughs in the cemetery, including Martin Grove Brumbaugh, Governor of PA from 1915 to 1919. But the Jacob Brumbaugh that built the homestead in 1804 is not there.
Marklesburg Historic District
at the junction of PA26 and PA3010, Marklesburg.
The 2nd building up is the Ex-Checkers Hotel.
The district is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Drove down to the Aitch Boat Launch to look at the water.

Then on to Newburg, where the NRHP listed Baker bridge as being on Twp Rt 370 1 mi. E of Newburg. We found the bridge on T377 north of Newburg.

Baker Bridge
a.k.a. Huntingdon County Bridge #14, on T377 1 mile north of Newburg.
The bridge is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Then over Bunns Mountain to Middletown and Coalmont.
One mile past Coalmont on PA913 we asked a local where we could find the Minersville Coke Ovens. He didn't know, but they turned out to be almost directly across the road in the woods.

Minersville Coke Ovens
on PA913 1 mile east of Coalmont.
Currently inaccessible due to a bridge out.
The site is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Chicken salad sandwiches to go from "Our Place" in Dudley.

Robertsdale is listed in the NRHP as a historic district. The only buildings we saw of interest historically were the East Broadtop Railroad buildings on PA913. We did find the intersection of Lincoln Street and Lincoln Street, which we thought was more interesting than the buildings in town. At least when we saw it, Gene said: "Now isn't THAT interesting!"

Robertsdale Historic District, mainly the East Broadtop Railroad buildings.
The district is in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Wood(vale) Historic District is on the NRHP, but we didn't see anything there worthy of even a digital photograph. We ate our chicken salad sandwiches at the abandoned Broadtop Industries building. After eating my sandwich, I decided to take a peak into the building. I stepped through an open door into a large room. There was a commotion at the other end around some furniture, a pigeon flew around and a door slammed open. Eerie! It reminded me of something out of a Steven King novel. I didn't investigate any further, candy ass that I am.

Hudson Grist Mill, a.k.a. Crotsley Mill, is listed in the NRHP as being on PA829 in Saltillo. We found an old mill in Saltillo, but on PA655. PA829 ends several miles north of Saltillo. So we drove up to PA829 and followed it to Cassville, but found no mill. We returned to Saltillo, gave up on the mill and headed toward Shade Gap, through Rockhill and Orbisonia.

St. Mary's Bridge
a.k.a. Shade Gap Covered Bridge; Huntingdon County Bridge #8;
4.5 miles south of Orbisonia on US522.
The bridge is in the National Register of Historic Places.
Shade Gap Feed and Flour Mill
US522, 1 mile north of Shade Gap.
The mill is in the National Register of Historic Places.

We took a tour of greater Shade Gap.
Then a race back to the Spriggles for a 4:00 pickup.
And to Lewistown via PA103 and the Waterfront Tavern.
Good food and HopBack Amber ale from Troegs Brewing Company in Harrisburg.

Returning home, Gene called Winnie Oberman, who recommended Gene Cornelius to get information on Saltillo mill. Gene is a Saltillo school teacher in his fifties. He affirmed the mill we saw is the Crotsley Mill.
Later note: I found an 1873 map of Saltillo on the Internet, which shows the mill at that location, and the name Hudson close to it. Across the street are two houses owned by Corneliuses. It seems that Gene Cornelius was really the correct person to talk to about the mill.

Monday May 2

Bric-A-Brac Breakfast.
Then we headed south, deciding to go through Saltillo to photograph . . .

Hudson Grist Mill
a.k.a. Crotsley Mill; N. Main St (PA655) and Old Mill Rd in Saltillo.
The mill is in the National Register of Historic Places.

On to Maddensville, looking for Huntingdon County Bridge #1. After MUCH driving around, we did locate the bridge, but it turns out it was replaced some 13 years ago with a more modern low concrete bridge. The new bridge shouldn't be on the NRHP at all. What a let down.

We then went through Fort Littleton and took the PA Turnpike to Harrisburg.


The first order of business was lunch . . .

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 North Cameron Street; 717-221-1080.

Really good food and beer.
I had their Scottish Ale and Gene had the Susquehanna Stout.

Highly recommended and worthy of a repeat performance. Maybe in October . . .

After lunch, we made an intensive search for a pedestrian mall Gene and Shel Bard stumbled across three years ago when they were there. After circling endlessly, we finally asked a postman who remembered a one day street fair in downtown Harrisburg. Hmmm. It must have been like the Huntingdon Mayfest, only classier.

So, off to Steelton, looking for Penn Brewery. They must have gone out of business, because we located the approximate area in which Gene had seen them, but no brewery.

We continued on to Middletown to enjoy the architecture of the Brownstone Cafe, Albert's Victorian, and Guido O'Neal's Fine Foods and Spirits. Also, generally the classy American Revolution period buildings.

Back to Harrisburg proper and a fly-through of the Civil War Museum grounds on Reservoir Hill, an Italian Park, and a long drive up Front Street. A fly-by of the island amusement park ended our Harrisburg tour.

Decided to return home through Perry County to have dinner at Gutshall's Country Crossroad Restaurant so Smitty could get a conversation with Fran. But alas, it turns out it closed its door for good on Jan 31. So we continued hungrily along, through Reeds Gap, Blacklog Valley and over Blacklog Mountain to Mount Union. Fortunately, Gene remembered all the turns so we didn't get lost. And finally a Grubbs Diner dinner. Followed by a stop at the Dollar General for coffee and peanuts. Amazingly, after all our misadventures that day, they were still open.

Tuesday May 3

A McDonalds Breakfast, to Dot's for quick hello, home for Smith to shower, then a Bric-A-Brac cappuccino for Larry. And on to Standing Stone Ridge and . . .

Isett Acres Museum
Gene and Mel Isett

We had a great tour of the Museum, being shown around by Mel himself. The quantity and quality of the items there is truly impressive. Gene and I both found many of the items there very interesting. And nostalgic. We appreciated the opportunity to see it.

On the way out, we said hello to Judy Getic Collins, Jeannie's sister.

Upon leaving the Museum, we took another quick tour of Huntingdon. It included Taylor Highlands and a peak over the RR tracks to the river at 19th Street.

And Larry finally got the layout of Huntingdon in his head. And how the streets are numbered.

We had our traditional last day Subway lunch, with lemonade supplied by Gene.
Left Gene's at 2:36, with a pit stop for gas at Martins in Alexandria. Arrived home a little after five, another 2:30 trip.

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