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State College Borough

State College municipal offices are located at 243 South Allen Street, State College PA 16801; phone: 814-234-7110.

The borough was incorporated in 1896 from College Township.

Beginnings [1]

State College (so named because of Pennsylvania State College being located there), which was formerly called the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, was incorporated from College Township August 29, 1896. Settlements in this area were made by Robert Moore as early as 1786.

Under continued excellent supervision, Pennsylvania State College has taken its place as one of the outstanding schools in the United States. This school was incorporated April 13, 1854, as Agricultural College, described by early historians as a beautiful limestone building 240 feet long and 80 feet broad and five stories high, exclusive of basement, containing a chapel, armory, library, society halls, laboratories, etc. The chapel was large enough to accommodate four hundred persons.

Pennsylvania State College today [1941] has numerous departmental buildings and out door recreational centers spread over an area which could possibly be measured most accurately in square miles, and representseverything modern and up-to-date, with a total student enrollment of approximately seven thousand. Rockview Prison, penal institution of the Commonwealth, is located near State College, in the rich agricultural section of the County.

Setting [2]

Pop. 4,500: alt. 1,174 ft. In the Nittany Mountains and popular as a summer resort. Home of Pennsylvania State College.

This is the geographical center of Pennsylvania and from here one may plan trips into some of Pennsvlvania's most scenic regions. About 200 miles of forest roads are available for motor cars, hiking, and horseback riding. These trails are in the section of the Seven Mountains within the Penn State Forest. Scenic beauty is offered to tourists in every month of the year.

About six miles west of State College is Bald Eagle Lookout, where points of vantage are offered to tourists. Nowhere in Pennsylvania is there a more awe-inspiring scenic panorama than what one can view from here. Far below is Bald Eagle Valley, through which Route 220 stretches from Altoona to L.\ock Haven. Mountains, fields, distance, and depth form a presentation of natural beauty probably unsurpassed anywhere in the country.

  1. Marks, William E., Biographical Survey, Centre County, 1941, pulisher unknown
  2. Pennsylvania State Publicity Commission, Pennsylvania Has Everything, 1937, 3rd Edition, Harrisburg
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