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 […]


A quest for natural resources shaped the development of Centre County’s rail network, beginning in 1859 when the Bellefonte and Snow Shoe Railroad began hauling coal and timber from the Mountaintop area to the Bald Eagle Valley. At Milesburg, the Bellefonte and Snow Shoe Railroad transloaded much of its tonnage to boats on the Bald […]

Sherman Lutz

Sherman Lutz in biplane

Sherman Lutz was an aviator, flight instructor, and advocate of commercial flight in Centre County. Born in 1903 and raised on a dairy farm in Fillmore, Lutz learned to fly as a teenager in a biplane owned by a Pleasant Gap automobile mechanic, Henry Noll. After stints as a barnstormer and as an airplane mechanics […]

Bellefonte Central Railroad

During its ninety-year lifespan, the Bellefonte Central Railroad hauled nearly 16 million tons of Centre County limestone and lime to connecting railroads for distribution to industrial customers in a dozen states. For more than five decades, the railroad also made daily passenger round trips to State College, providing an important transportation link for the growing […]