Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

July 27, 2022
by Pamela Reilly
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New Guidance for Road-Related New Deal Resources

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office has developed guidance on the evaluation of New Deal historic resources found along roadways. The project came about in response to an increasing number of requests for National Register evaluation of such properties through … Continue reading

July 13, 2022
by Emma Diehl
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Mitigation Spotlight: Section 106 Agreements, December 2021-June 2022

In a given year, PA SHPO consults with federal agencies, applicants, and preservation stakeholders on thousands of federal undertakings in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For some context, PA SHPO staff reviewed over 5,100 federal … Continue reading

May 18, 2022
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Celebrating the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project

This week our Preservation Month celebration of the 2021 Community Initiative Award winners takes us west to Allegheny County – specifically, the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, led by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), received … Continue reading

Metal truss bridge over stone and grass.

April 27, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Bridge Preservation and Education: A Site Visit to the Inwood Iron Bridge

In 2019, the historic Inwood Iron Bridge in Union Township, Lebanon County was disassembled for relocation.

April 13, 2022
by Guest Contributor
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Exploring the National Road in Western Pennsylvania

As the sun emerges, temperatures rise, and travel restrictions ease, consummate travelers begin to get itchy feet. This spring, the National Road Heritage Corridor invites you to exit the highway and take the time to explore some of Pennsylvania’s nation-shaping … Continue reading

Concrete bridge over stream.

March 16, 2022
by Tyra Guyton
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Pennsylvania’s Reinforced Concrete Thru Girder Bridges

Few people think of history when crossing a bridge.  But bridges tell an important story about engineering and technology, especially in Pennsylvania where the early years of iron, steel and concrete came together to produce many early bridges that represent … Continue reading

December 15, 2021
by Barbara Frederick
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Bridge for Sale Spotlight: Burnt Mill Road Bridge

A drive along Burnt Mill Road in Lurgan Township in Franklin County winds around scenic county farmland crossing the Conodoguinet Creek where a monument to Pennsylvania’s industrial past, the Burnt Mill Road Bridge, has stood for the past 136 years.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commision Logo

November 24, 2021
by Jenna Solomon
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I went to a Marker Dedication and a Car Show Broke Out

I think it is safe to say that the dedication of the new Pennsylvania Historical Marker for Holbert Racing had the most impressive (and expensive) parking lot that has ever existed at a historical marker dedication.

October 27, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Precious Metal Preservation: the Lift

Nestled amongst the oak-covered hills of rural northwest Pennsylvania until very recently sat an iron artifact from a bygone era. Built in 1876 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, this elegant, metal arch structure is what is … Continue reading

July 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Rairigh
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Just Listed! February- July 2021

Since our last Just Listed! update at the end of January, thirteen more historic resources have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places!