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altoona pa paradeALTOONA, PA CHRISTMAS PARADE - 2012

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PARADE & TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY  
 
Date:  Nov.29, 2012
Place:  Downtown Altoona, PA
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00 PM  

Description Parade route: Starts at 6:00pm starting along 9th street to Green avenue to 12th street to 11th avenue; disbands at 16th street.
 
A tree lighting ceremony takes place at Heritage Plaza immediately following the parade followed by a fireworks display.
 
Non-perishable food items collected along the parade route for the area food banks. Also, Toys for Tots collected by the Marine Corps.
 
To participate in the parade or for more information contact Pat Miller at 814-944-6113

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Fort Fetter was erected around 1777. The fort was built just southwest of the town of Hollidaysburg, in Blair County PA near a branch of the Juniata River. The fort was near McCahan's mill and was used primarily for local purposes. There is no record that it was authorized to have been built. In the fall of 1777 Fort Fetter was occupied with some twenty-five men capable of bearing arms, belonging to what was known as the Frankstown district. Among those families inhabiting the fort were the Holliday, Wallack, and Coleman families. One morning while out hunting deer, Michael Wallack, Thomas and Michael Coleman came across fresh Indian tracks. The men were on their way back down the gap heading towards the fort when they found the Indian tracks in the snow. The men decided to follow the tracks so they could return to the fort and report the size of the Indian force. Thomas Coleman assumed command of Fort Fetter and became one of the principal men in the fight against the Indians during this time period. The Fort was mainly used for protection for area settlers from the Indians. You can visit the area where the fort once stood just outside the Borough of Hollidaysburg along Rt 22 in Blair Township. There is a small stone with a plaque near the current location of the old farm office building also known as the Carriage House.  The plaque states that Fort Fetter once stood just Northeast 500 ft from the stone.

The County Spot team made another road trip through Pennsylvania this past week-end and spent time gathering photos and information from many of the counties in Pennsylvania.

ChambersburgOur first stop was in the borough of Chambersburg in Franklin County, PA. We traveled many of the streets in Chambersburg as we collected photos of the historic buildings, borough office, police station and more.

We've just added more than 60 of the best photos from Chambersburg, PA to the Franklin County PA photo collection. Check back for articles about Chambersburg and business listings from Chambersburg which will all be added to County Spot very soon.

The County Spot team took a trip this past week-end through Pennsylvania to the Chester County, PA area. We enjoyed a very nice drive through Pennsylvania starting off in Fulton County. Our travels led us to the Borough of McConnellsburg where we took the time to do some photography and data collection. We then went towards Chambersburg and gathered what photos we could of Fulton and Franklin Counties before we lost the light.

Phoenixville PA 26Our destination for this particular trip was the borough of Phoenixville outside of Philadelphia. Phoenixville had caught our interest after seeing some photos of the historic downtown area. We arrived in Phoenixville and spent an enjoyable night in this very nice small town. There was alot of activity as Phoenixville seems to offer many night life options during the week-end. Many of the area taverns and clubs were quite busy and many people were out and about on a beautiful Saturday night.

Sunday morning we walked the streets of Phoenixville and collected quite a number of area businesses and some really nice photos of Phoenixville.  We should have the photos sorted and added to our CountySpot photos very soon if you would like to take a look at more Phoenixville photos.

pumpkin276th Annual Phoenix Fire Dept. Halloween Parade
2012 Hollidaysburg, PA Halloween Parade

Date:  Oct. 27, 2012
Place:  Downtown Hollidaysburg, PA
Time:  Parade Starts at 6:00pm

The parade route starts at North Montgomery St . proceeds right on Garber St. then turns left on to North Juanita St.. turn left up Allegheny St. then turns right on to Union St.. This is the end of the parade. parking is provided on Mulberry St. Light refreshments will be provided at the fire station.

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