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Meadville began in 1788 as a frontier town in the "Old Northwest" at the far edge of the new United States of America. The land, awarded to founder David Mead as part of a court settlement, was remote, even isolated, but he and the earliest settlers were educated, well connected, and shared an ambitious vision for their new home. The early photographs contained in Meadville illustrate how the settlers went about achieving their goals and the results they obtained. Bridges replaced ferries; turnpikes, canals, and trains replaced Indian paths. The Erie Railroad carried goods and supplies over its rails, opening distant markets. Very soon, schools and colleges began to draw students, entrepreneurial townspeople manufactured new products, and area farmers and artisans filled the Market House. Music and theater at the Academy of Music and sporting events at Vallonia enriched leisure hours. Life in Meadville was good, as the founders had envisioned it. Meadville could be described the way French Creek was, as "one of the last great places on earth."
ISBN: 9780738509396
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A true memorial to the town's history, Meadville includes countless photographs from the Crawford County Historical Society archives, gathered from local residents' collections: S.D. Clark, H.E. Ellsworth, Charles Forker, the Reynolds and Huidekoper families. Anne W. Stewart and William B. Moore bring to this project an intimate and personal knowledge of the people and events. They combine research skills with an empathy for the personal stories of the participants to bring historical Meadville to life.
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