Vacation Photos

Pennsylvania -- September 2007
Shanksville and Schellsburg
Bedford and Fort Bedford
Morrison's Cove south
Fredericksburg and Martinsburg
Juniata College

Our final destination was Huntingdon Borough in south central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1767, its current population is about 6,900. Railroad transportation fueled its industrial growth and it was the junction of the Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain RR with the Pennsylvania RR.
   Trains blew through town on average every 15 minutes, all through the night. Our motel was across the road from the tracks, so we didn't sleep well, even though the motel thoughtfully provided earplugs!    For breakfast one morning we tried Scrapple, a Pennsylvania Dutch treat that is a blend of pork scraps, cornmeal and seasonings. Some people put ketchup or syrup on it. It's an acquired taste.

Huntingdon is located along the Juniata River. Juniata is derived from the Native American name Onojutta, said to mean “people of the standing stone.” At the corner of William Penn and Smith streets is the Standing Stone monument with a plaque that reads: "Onojutta Juniata Achsinnink Standing Stone, erected in 1896 as a memorial of the ancient Standing Stone removed by the Indians in 1754." The native peoples of the area, the Onojutta-Haga Indians, lived there until the 17th century. The original sacred relic stood 14 feet high and 6 inches square and on its smooth sides were carved the holy records of the tribe. When the tribe left the area, they took the stone with them. A second stone was erected on the same spot some years later but was subsequently destroyed. In 1897 M.G. Brumbaugh obtained a fragment of it, and today the 2-foot-long chunk is housed in the Juniata College campus museum. The Standing Stone pictured here is a smaller replica of the original.

We spent an afternoon at the Huntingdon County Courthouse, researching deed records. The courthouse staff were very helpful. Turns out that George Brumbaugh was into purchasing a lot of real estate and eventually overextended his family's finances. And we were successful in finding the 1873 map of Marklesburg properties!

Next Stop: Juniata College

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