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Bellefonte, PA

Bellefonte is a borough in central Pennsylvania, and is the seat of Centre County. Bellefonte is about 10 miles east of State College. The population is around 6,200.

Bellefonte developed in the early 1800s as an iron-producing town. It was located in an area of Pennsylvania with a wealth of iron ore, coal, limestone, and timber. When the ironworking industry declined after resources were depleted, Bellefonte was already the county seat and an influential town in Pennsylvania. Coal continued to be brought into town, and business gravitated to Bellefonte. Bellefonte was considered an important place in Pennsylvania. In 1883, Bellefonte became one of the first 10 communities to be electrified.

Eventually, the iron and coal industries faded, and Bellefonte's Victorian architecture was preserved with the town's economy slowing down.



The Centre County Courthouse, at High & Allegheny Streets. The courthouse was built in 1855.



In front of the courthouse is a colonnade, built in 1906. The statue in the center is of Gov. Andrew Curtin, and was dedicated in 1913. Curtin served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1861 to 1867.



The Courthouse Annex, on Allegheny street. The structure was built in 1887, and was originally the W.F. Reynolds & Company Building.



The Brockerhoff House, on Allegheny Street.



The hotel was built in 1866, with the two-story mansard roof added in 1890.



Buildings on Allegheny Street. On the left is the First National Bank, built in 1889. On the right is the Crider Exhcange Building.



The Crider Exchange Building, on Allegheny Street. The structure was built in 1889.



Buildings on High Street. In the center is the Garman Opera House, built in 1890.



Buildings on High Street. On the left is the Plaza Centre. The structure was built in 1925, and was originally the Plaza Theater.



Buildings on High Street. On the right is the Centre County Banking Company Building, completed in 1882.



The Bush Arcade, on High Street. The structure was built in 1888.



Stone rowhouses on High Street. On the left is the James Dunlop House, built in 1795.



Buildings on High Street.



Houses on High Street.



Houses on High Street.



Buildings on Allegheny Street.



The Benner-Linn House, on Allegheny Street. The house was built in 1810 and was originally the residence of Revolutionary War general Philip Benner. The house is now a museum.



The Robert Valentine House, on Allegheny Street. The house was built in 1870.



The Robert Dartt House, on Allegheny Street. The house was built in 1879.



A house on Allegheny Street.



A former church, built in 1889. The church is now used by a school district.



The Hastings Mansion, on Allegheny Street.



The B.O. Harvey House, on Allegheny Street. The house was built in 1939.



A house on Allegheny Street.



The W.F. Reynolds House, on Linn Street. The house was built in 1885.



The John Ardell House, on Linn Street. The house was built in 1883.



A house on Linn Street.



A house on Lamb Street.



A house on Curtin Street, built in 1935.



A house on Curtin Street, built in 1916.



A house on Curtin Street.



A house on Linn Street, built in 1930.



A house on Linn Street.



A house on Linn Street.



A house on Curtin Street.



A house on Curtin Street.



Houses on Bishop Street.



St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, on Bishop Street. The church was built in 1824.



Houses on Spring Street.



Industrial buildings on Potter Street.



A house on Willowbank Street.



Houses on Thomas Street.



A house on Stony Batter.



The Bellefonte Passenger Railroad Station, on Potter Street. The station was built in 1889.



A pedestrian bridge in Governors Park. The bridge was built in 1986.



Pennsylvania Match Corporation, on Phoenix Avenue. The factory was built in 1900, and closed in 1947.

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Wonderful tour.

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a great new normal thread of a historic small town -- just what the doctor ordered -- thanks!


looks like the kind of place sherlock holmes could be investigating a crime at the lizzie borden house. ha.
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Wow I haven't been there in ages and you brought back some nice memories for me. It's a neat little place with impressive housing stock and architecture, which you captured perfectly!
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Great tour! Bellefonte has lots of character and quick access to some of the best trout streams in Pennsylvania...if you are into that sort of thing.

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Some great gems in this thread! Thanks for sharing!!
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I love Bellefonte, been many times. The architecture is incredible for such a small town.
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Beautiful town. I wouldn't mind checking it out but I don't see myself making a special trip anytime soon.
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Thank you for the tour, very pleasant!
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