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"Tyrone" by John Hovenstine

First released in 1988, reprinted by artist John Hovenstine, $15

Signed by the artist, the matted print features the Tyrone Municipal Building, the former First National Bank (also known as the Jones Building), the Veterans of Foreign Wars building, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building, and the Glass House.

Sorry, but the print is not available by mail. It can be purchased at the Tyrone Area Historical Society's office on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 PM and at the Tyrone History Museum on Sundays and Wednesdays (May through early December) from 1 to 4 PM.




By Jeffrey Adams and R. Curt Chinnici

2008, Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing

128 pages, more than 200 black and white photos

ISBN 978-0-7385-5521-8

$22 (plus postage)

Set in the endless hills of central Pennsylvania, Tyrone became known as the gateway to the Alleghenies. the Little Juniata river flowed through it, connecting tyrone to communities in the Logan, Bald Eagle, and Juniata Valleys. since its founding in 1851, Tyrone's central position also made it known as the "Hub of the Highways." Its advantageous location allowed the Pennsylvnaia Railroad to establish a railroad terminus to bring the riches of coal, iron, grain, and lumber to market. A newfound prosperity was attained, promopting outside investment. Tree-lined promenades and terraced lawns complemented the natural beauty of this community. Through vintage postcards, images, and photographs from famous Tyrone photographer R. K. Bonine, Tyrone chronicles the hsitory of this charming community and the towns and villages that share its valley.

Jeffrey Adams, a Tyrone native, has collected all of the images for this book over 35 years. As a local historian, he has spent countless hours researching the people of the Juniata region, in particular, those of Tyrone. R. Curt Chinnici has published articles on early-American lighting and on the early marble industry near Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

  • Huntingdon, along the Little Juniata
  • The Bald Eagle Valley
  • Penn State to the Arch
  • The Tuckahoe/Logan Valley
  • Uptown & toward the stadium
  • Leisure & celebration

Unscheduled Stop: The town of Tyrone and the Wreck of the Walter L. Main Circus Train

By Paula Zitzler, with Susie O'Brien

2008, America's Stories, Tyrone Area Historical Society

160 pages

ISBN 978-0-9818217-0-2

$15 (plus postage)

On Memorial Day, 1893, Alfred Thomas took his hunting rifle, walked into the woods near his home in Central Pennsylvania, and shot a Bengal tiger.

What brought this tiger to the forest near Tyrone, Pennsylvania?

The wreck of the Walter L. Main circus train.

The people of Tyrone weren't expecting a visit from the circus that early summer day more than a century ago. The circus brought excitement to towns large and small across America, and by the late 19th century, the shows were usually delivered by the railroad. But on this day, a heavy train and a steep mountain proved to be too much for the brakes and crew of Locomotive No. 1500. On a sharp curve at the foot of the mountain, the train left the tracks, and the Walter L. Main Circus was reduced to a heap of splinters and twisted steel.

Five people, including a brakeman, were killed, but more than 125 performers and others on the train escaped serious injury. More than fifty horses died in the wreck. Dozens of animals, including a gorilla, tigers, lions, alligators, zebras, kangaroos, parrots and several large snakes escaped their crushed cages and headed into the fields and woods of Central Pennsylvania.

The people of Tyrone quickly accommodated their unexpected guests on their unscheduled stop. In just nine days, the circus was back on the road. The circus left town, but the escaped animals, and the story, stayed in Tyrone.

A true story.

Archaeologist Paula Zitzler and local historian Susie O'Brien built this story from newspaper reports of the time and stories that have been handed down through generations of the Friday family.

Table of Contents

  • A barn raising
  • Across the Alleghenies
  • The merry, merry month of May 1893
  • A Monster Show
  • Circus day in Houtzdale
  • I am coming
  • The worst sight I ever beheld
  • Four funerals and a wedding
  • The investigation
  • Get a cage ready
  • Strangers and friends
  • The show goes on
  • Life goes on
  • Legacy


A Short History of Tyrone Borough

By Ralph T. Wolfgang

Originally published in 1950; republished by the Tyrone Area Historical Society (7th printing)

8.5 x 11 inch format, comb binding

80 pages

$15 (plus postage)

A description of the early settlers, businesses and industries of Tyrone, including the importance of the local iron industry. This reprint includes a timeline and a foldout copy of a map of the borough from 1873 (Pomeroy).

Table of Contents

  • Tyrone becomes a borough
  • Tyrone grows up
  • Tyrone at work
  • Tyrone at leisure
  • Tyrone at school
  • Tyrone at worship