Centre County Library

The Centre County Library, founded in 1939, serves readers with four locations and a bookmobile that crisscrosses the county. The creation of what is now a county library system began with the generosity of Bellefonte resident, Ann Elmira Humes. She agreed to donate her home, the historic Miles-Humes House, for a public library, provided that […]

Cold Stream Dam

The Cold Stream Dam is a popular recreation spot on state Road 322 in Philipsburg. Throughout its history, the dam has suffered mishaps, most notably in 1936, when it broke and water flooded the downtown. However, the dam has weathered the problems and survived to remain an important local resource. A lake was created in […]

Mid-State Regional Airport

Mid-State Regional Airport was created as an emergency landing field for pilots and later became the home of commercial flights from Centre County. With the construction of University Park Airport, Mid-State is now primarily used by private pilots and is a central point for the coordination of fighting forest fires. The airport is situated on […]

Philip Benner

Philip Benner was an early business leader in Centre County who established the Rock Ironworks, one of the first iron forges in the county. Benner was born in Chester County in 1762 and served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he operated an iron forge in Chester County. He married […]

Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a government jobs program, conceived during the Great Depression, that put thousands of unemployed men to work primarily in state and national parks and forests, including four sites in Centre County. The CCC was one of the New Deal government programs that President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed soon after taking […]

Andrew G. Curtin

Andrew Curtin portrait

Andrew Gregg Curtin was the governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War and one of President Abraham Lincoln’s staunchest supporters. Curtin was born in Bellefonte on April 22, 1815. His father, Roland Curtin, owned the Eagle Ironworks, and his mother, Jane Gregg, was the daughter of U.S. Senator Andrew Gregg, Curtin’s namesake. Curtin attended Bellefonte […]