Around Blair County

by Jeffrey L. Adams

2014, Postcard History Series, Arcadia Publishing

128 pages, more than 200 black and white photos

ISBN 978-1-4671-2115-6

$22 (plus postage)

Situated in the very heart of Pennsylvania, Blair County is bounded on the west by the formidable Allegheny Mountains. It was this natural barrier that stalled westward migration and encouraged early settlers to farm its lush, fertile valleys prior to the American Revolution. Carved out of Bedford and Huntingdon counties in 1846, Blair County was home to many iron furnaces in the 1800s and was on the chosen path of the great Pennsylvania Canal. However, it was the Pennsylvania Railroad that utilized Blair County as its base of operations, creating a unique transportation-based economy. Today, Blair County is bisected by Interstate 99. This highway parallels an ancient path used by American Indians and provides travelers with spectacular views of the lofty mountains and picturesque valleys.

A native of Tyrone, author Jeffrey L. Adams shares parts of his postcard collection and ephemera to honor Pennsylvania's hardworking ancestors and to illustrate the grandeur of Blair County. His other works include Tyrone, Juniata's River Valleys, and Harrisburg.

Table of Contents

  • Bald Eagle and Tyrone
  • Little Juniata River and Sinking Valley
  • Pleasant Valley, Tuckahoe and Logan
  • Altoona, the Mountain City
  • Hollidaysburg and Duncansville
  • The Great Cove
  • On to Claysburg and Sproul
  • Blair County Ambassadors