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this, the thirteenth volume
of the Chimrock to
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spired us to greater things.
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History of Hollidaysburg Y
HEN Adam Holliday drove the stake in the ground at the "Diamond"
he said to his brother William, 'cWhoever is alive a hundred years after
this will see a considerable sized town here, and this will be about the
middle of it." fThe prophecy of Adam Holliday came true.J In less than one
hundred years the borough of Hollidaysburg occupied the site he chose for a farm
and there was a population of approximately 4-,000 people.
Adam and William Holliday were Irish settlers who were on their way to the far
West. When they saw the good location of Hollidaysburg, they were so impressed that
they remained, built their cabins, and so founded the town known as Hollidaysburg.
The town grew slowly at first, but when Hollidaysburg became a borough, and
later the county seat, the population increased from 1,200, until today it can boast
of a population of nearly 6,000 people. In 1853 the Pennsylvania Canal was replaced
by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was the construction of this canal that led to the
development of Hollidaysburg from a mere hamlet to a town of much importance.
The building of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the abandonment of the Pennsylvania
Canal were the death of Hollidaysburg and it continued to decline although it
remained the county seat. Some years later it again became a railroad center by
being the junction of the Martinsburg and Williamsburg branches and the starting
point for trains over the New Portage Railroad.
The hrst post-office was erected as early as 1779. Hollidaysburg became a
borough in 1836 amid much rejoicing, and in 1846 it became the county seat of
Blair County. X
The last half bf the nineteenth century brought the beginning of modernization
to the town. Among the improvements were the erection of the courthouse, the
completion of the jail, the county home, the electric car line to Altoona, the introduc-
tion of the electric light system, telephone service, and street improvments.
The early settlers of Hollidaysburg, true to their training, were strong on
religion and education. Hollidaysburg was settled largely by the Scotch and Irish,
and the first institutions to be established by them at Hollidaysburg were churches
and schools. The old buildings have all been replaced and there are now eleven
church buildings: Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, St. Mary's Catholic,
St. Michael,s Catholic, the Zion A. M. E. Church, the Church of God, the Church of
the Brethren, the Holy Trinity Episcopal, and St. John's Reformed. Each of the
eleven congregations supports a resident pastor and parochial schools are conducted
in connection with the two Catholic Churches. All of the churches have flourishing
Sunday schools and many organized Bible classes and church auxiliaries.
The settlers, as stated above, were equally as strong on education. The building
known as Highland Hall, a school for girls, then known as the Hollidaysburg Female
Seminary, was erected in 1869. The public schools of the borough were never allowed
to lag. The people never wearied of providing the means to support the best schools
possible. The Central Building was remodeled with a large auditorium and additional
rooms. Since Hollidaysburg has progressed so much in the last few years it is seen
that a new, larger, and more modern school building must be erected in the near
The town has always responded patriotically whenever our country has needed
help. During the Civil War, Companies A and H came from Hollidaysburg and
Colonel William G. Murray, Hollidaysburg's post-master, fell at Winchester. During
the World War 706 men were inducted into service from Hollidaysburg.
Although Hollidaysburg is mostly residential, its citizens always enjoy the
privileges afforded by a wide range of business establishments, including banks and
stores, hotels and restaurants, and the trade shops. Many changes have occurred
during the century since the town became a borough and even since the town became
the county seat Q0 years ago. Yet some of the established places of business in the
early days are still showing the substantial quality of the town for business.
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