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"Altoona, a city of Blair co, Pa., on the Pennsylvania Railroad, at the eastern base of the Alleghany Mountains, 117 miles E. of Pittsburg, 237 miles W.N.W. of Philadelphia, and 132 miles W. by N. from Harrisburg. Here the railroad begins to ascend the mountain by a grade so steep that two locomotives are attached to each train. A branch railroad extends from Altoona southward to Henrietta. Locomotives and railroad-cars are manufactured here in extensive machine-shops belonging to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Four daily and 6 weekly newspapers are published here. Altoona is supplied with water by hydraulic works which cost about $500,000. It has 21 churches, viz., 2 Baptist, 4 Catholic, 1 Church of God, 1 Dunkard, 1 Episcopal, 1 German Lutheran, 1 German Reformed, 2 Lutheran, 5 Methodist, 2 Presbyterian, and 1 United Brethren; also 2 convents, a high school, a public library, 2 national banks, 2 other banks, a rolling-mill, several planing-mills, iron-works, &c. Pop. in 1860, 3591; in 1810, 10,610; in 1880, 19,710; in 1890, 30,337."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News  1887 - SINGULAR ACCIDENT. THE BREAKING OF A CAR WHEEL ON THE PENNSYLVANIA ROAD RESULTS IN THE KILLING OF FOUR PASSENGERS.
    Altoona, Pa., May 28. - Last night as the fast line west was nearing Kittanning Point the wheel of a car on a train cast burst and the car crashed... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - BIG FIRE AT ALTOONA. FURNITURE STORE AND THEATRE DESTROYED - OTHER BUILDINGS DAMAGED.
    Altoona, Pa., Oct. 20. - One of the most serious fires that has ever occurred in Altoona started in the new five-story furniture building of OLIVER... Read MORE...

  • 1907 - December 23 - 1st all-steel passengar railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa
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  • 1916
    Altoona, a city of Blair co., Pa., on the Pennsylvania R., at the eastern base of the Alleghany Mountains, 117 miles E. of Pittsburg, 237 miles WNW.... Read MORE...

  • News  1945 - YARD ACCIDENT TAKES LIFE OF RAIL FIREMAN. LUKE A BOYLAN OF LILLY IS STRUCK BY EAST BOUND PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE.
    Altoona, Pa., (AP) - LUKE A BOYLAN, aged 48, of 142 Portage Street, Lilly, a Pittsburgh division locomotive fireman, was killed instantly this... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - March 1 - WTAJ TV channel 10 in Altoona, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
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