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County Spot Directories have continued to spring up for Pennsylvania counties during late August and early September as we work to get all of PA covered by our community based resource sites. We are gathering data, photos and information for the rest of PA in an attempt to get the whole state done.

Hopefully all of Pennsylvania's counties will be launched by the end of this month. Next month we have plans to make our initial trip to Florida to begin exploring for FL CountySpots!

CountySpot Directories headed out on another road trip today with our target being some exploration of Westmoreland county and a loop back through some additional counties. Our junior photographer, Lana, joined us on this trip and we planned some interesting spots for her to explore with us. This was a shorter road trip than usual, only covering 175 miles, but we still visited 7 counties on our trip.

Ligonier PA (2)We left Blair county early in the day and bypassed most of Cambria county as the weather wasn't cooperating. By the time we hit Indiana county the weather was starting to improve, but still didn't allow for too much in the way of photography so we headed straight to Westmoreland county. Traveling south along Route 711 we checked out Seward and New Florence on the way to Ligonier and our first destination; Fort Ligonier. After we toured Fort Ligonier we decided to head down to Donegal and visit Living Treasures Animal Park.

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (01)Only a short trip from the fort, Living Treasures is a great place to interact with animals and see some exotic species from around the world. Offering animal feeding and petting the park is a great place for the whole family.

Visit the Westmoreland County Spot to learn more about Fort Ligonier and Living Treasures Animal Park and see the pictures that we collected in Westmoreland County PA.

Since we were so close, we decided to drop into Fayette County for our first visit to this western PA county. This initial visit was short since we didn't want to overload our junior photographer on her first county spotting trip! We grabbed some quick photos of Fayette County scenery and passed through the village of Indian Head before turning back north and heading for Somerset County. Watch for the launch of the Fayette County Spot soon!

Trostletown Bridge (6)We toured Somerset Borough a few times and gathered some new image for the Somerset County site and then headed on towards the Flight 93 memorial near Stoystown. On the way we happened to catch a sign for a covered bridge, always a great spot to check out, so we detoured and captured some pictures of the Trostletown Covered Bridge as well as some neat photos of a Huey helicopter and tank beside the American Legion Post nearby. We arrived at the Flight 93 National Memorial around 5:30 pm and were able to complete our tour of the memorial before the park closed at 6:30pm. Visit the Somerset County Spot to view images from our travels in Somerset County PA.

As we ran out of time for the day we left the Memorial and continued east on Route 30 through Bedford County to Interstate 99 and then headed for home base. Check out the map below to see the actual route of this CountySpot Road Trip!

 

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Railraod Museum
The Railroaders Memorial Museum is located along 9th Ave in Altoona, PA. This Blair County museum shows how significant the area railroad workers, families, and facilities were to the growth of our country by way of industry. Altoona, PA was once home to the Altoona Works, the largest railway facility in the United States. The Altoona Works Pennsylvania Railroad's repair shops also known as PPR employed 15,000 workers in the 1920's. 25 years later the PRR facility in Altoona was the largest rail shop in the world. Located at the base of the Allegheny Mountains and the Horseshoe Curve the Altoona Works was essential to the American Railroad Industry.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum was founded by the Altoona Railway Museum Association. In 1966 an ad was placed in the local paper, the Altoona Mirror, asking for anyone interested in forming a group to build a Railway Museum in Altoona. The group formed the Altoona Railway Museum Association in 1967. By 1968 the association was charted by the National Railway Historical Society and began gathering memorabilia. The association incorporated the name, Railroaders Memorial Museum, in 1972. The museum officially opened to the public on Sept. 21, 1980.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers interactive activities for both young and old. Anyone with a love for trains and American history would enjoy visiting this Altoona treasure. The Railroaders Museum is available for rental for numerous meetings and or parties. The museum showcases several events throughout the year. Two of the more popular events include the Alive@5 Summer Concert Series and Wingday Wednesdays. Visit the Railroaders Memorial Museum website at: www.railroadcity.com.

The summer of 2013 has seen some very significant growth for the County Spot Directories network. After our road trip in June we had thousands of photos and a ton of information collected for counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware. Our list of County Spots increased by five Pennsylvania counties, 2 North Carolina counties, 3 Maryland counties and all 3 Delaware counties. Business listings for all 13 of those sites are now completed and many of the photos have been sorted and uploaded to their county sites.

Work on the network continues as we tie them all together and work on articles and events at each of the county spots. Many business owners have claimed their listings and many more have submitted listing requests to what is quickly becoming one of the best resource sites available by county. Our plans include further expansion as the summer continues, with a trip to New Jersey on the horizon!

Beaver Stadium located in University Park, Pa.

Beaver StadiumBeaver Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium that is located in University Park, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The stadium itself is a part of The Pennsylvania State University Campus and is the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Beaver Stadium received its name from James A. Beaver, a former governor of Pennsylvania and a former president of the university's board of trustees.

Beaver Stadium has an official seating capacity of 106,572, which makes it the second largest stadium in the western hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. On top of its vast size, Beaver Stadium has also become recognized as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in collegiate athletics. In 2008, Beaver Stadium was recognized as having the best student section in the country for the second consecutive year.

Although some may believe this, the Penn State Nittany Lions did not always have Beaver Stadium to play in. Until 1893, all of the Penn State teams were forced to perform their sporting events on Old Main lawn, which is a large grassy area in front of the primary classroom building of the time. Then came Beaver Field. Beaver Field was a 500-seat structure that was located behind what is now the current site of the Osmond Building. Next, in 1909, New Beaver Field was opened in the area just northeast of the Rec Hall. New Beaver Field would stand until 1960 when it was dismantled and moved to the east end of the campus and reassembled as Beaver Stadium. 

Since its reconstruction in 1960 the stadium has been expanded six times, in an attempt to reflect Penn State's rise to national prominenceBeaver Stadium (21) under Joe Paterno. These expansions would eventually completely double the stadium in size. The first expansions in 1969, 1974, and 1976 increased the capacity of Beaver Stadium to 60,203. Then, in 1978, 16,000 more seats were added when the stadium was cut into sections and raised on hydraulic lifts. Next, in 1980 the maximum capacity was again raised only this time to 83,770. These expansions would continue until 2001 when the capacity would be raised to what it is today, 106,572.

Expansions are not the only thing that Beaver Stadium has become known for. Probably one of the most famous things linking itself to Beaver Stadium is that of Penn State Traditions. Since its creation, this stadium has been home to many traditions that are consistently repeated almost every season. First, tailgating is very popular outside of Beaver Stadium. But probably the most well known and talked about traditions are that of the Student Section, Whiteout Games, and Zombie Nation. The Student Section or "s-zone" is a small section behind the end zone where all students are given blue and white shirts by the Pennsylvania State University Lion Ambassadors in order to create an "S" in the senior student section. As for the Whiteout Games, it first made national headlines during the famed 2005 game versus Ohio State. In this game, the temperature was 40 degrees and rained almost all day, but nearly every student along with hundreds of fans only wore a white t-shirt to the game. Finally, Zombie Nation is a tradition carried out by the Nittany Lions usually after a big play. The entire Penn State crowd gums around and waves their rally towels and wildly shouts "WE ARE PENN STATE" during the playing of "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation.

 

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