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Title: The Pennsylvania railroad : its origin, construction, condition, and connections ; embracing historical, descriptive, and statistical notices of cities, towns, villages, stations, industries, and objects of interest on its various lines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Year: 1875 (1870s)
Authors: Sipes, William B., d. 1905 Pennsylvania Railroad. Passenger Dept Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
Subjects: Pennsylvania Railroad
Publisher: Philadelphia : [Pennsylvania Railroad Co.] The Passenger Dept.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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nsider-able importance. It was here that ColonelArmstrong concentrated his forces for hissuccessful expedition against the Indians atKittanning; and here lived GeorgeCroghan,a celebrated agent of the proprietaries intheir intercourse with the Indians. The set-tlement is still known by its aboriginal nameof Aughwick. Space will not permit a recapitulation ofthe many dark and bloody scenes whichmarked the efforts of the early pioneers tobuild up homes in the valleys of Hunt-ingdon county. Those pioneers v^ere ahardy and venturesome race, and no ob-stacles which savage hostility could placein their way were sufficient to turn .themfrom their determination to make the wil-derness blossom and the waste places glad.Many of the beautiful scenes which thetraveler now gazes upon with delight, havebeen crimsoned with the blood of murderedmen, women, and children ; and many hum-ble and happy homes were reduced to theashes of desolation. But the settlers would 130 THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD. *jiSR
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SH jrf% . ^–^-^^ ^i ^-^. „^ ROCKS NEAR HUNTINGDON. not be dismayed, and in time, conqueringtlie savages, tliey realized the full fruition oftheir hopes. At what time the white settlers first cameto where the town of Huntingdon nowstands cannot be accurately determined, butthe site of the town was surveyed by JohnLukens, surveyor-general of the colony, in1756, for a claimant named Crawford, andwas then called George Croghans Im-provement. It was a well-known spot, ata very early period, to Indian traders and pioneers, and hadbeen an import-ant point to thesavages from timeimmemorial. 11was known then,and for years after-ward, as Stand-ing Stone, fromthe fact that astone column, de-scribed by JohnHarris as beingfourteen feet highand six inchessquare, stood onthe flat, belowthe present town,where Stone creekenters the Juniatariver. This flat wasan Indian corn-field at the timethe first white menvisited it. Howlong the stone hadstood there, orwho first erectedit, Indian tradi-tion fail
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