Old Photos of Punxsutawney

  • Jenks Homestead. The home is located at the top of Jenks Ave. This is a line drawing by S. Thomas Curry, local art teacher and director of our museum. This print is available for 50 cents at the gift shop, or we can send you a copy (it is 8 by 10 inch) for $1.
  • West Mahoning St. in Downtown Punxsutawney in 1951. The picture was taken near the intersection with Gilpin St. and is looking at the north side of W. Mahoning. It shows the old Ruth and Harry's location which is currently occupied by Roseman's Florist. Ruth and Harry's later moved towards Findley St.. Neg. #48619
  • First car in Punxsutawney owned by McKean Harl. This photo was taken about 1905. We don't know anything about what kind of car it is. Some have suggested that it is a steam car. Note the tiller steering! Rumor has it that the car still exists. Neg. #07848
  • Rubin's Auto Exchange in 1936. Rubin's was located across from what is now the Punxsy Plaza on W. Mahoning St.. This picture shows them delivering new 1936 Oldsmobiles. Rubin's existed until the late 1970's. Rubin's put up a new building after this picture was taken; that building is still in existence. The site now houses a video store, a bakery distribution center, and a transmission shop. Neg.#31635
  • The Adrian Hospital sits at the corner of Jenks and Park Ave. in Punxsutawney. This photo was taken in 1949 before a large addition was added to the front of this building. The Adrian Hospital was founded by Adrian Iselin of New York who gave $5000 for the purpose. The first hospital building was erected at the Adrian Mines (in Delancey) by the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company in 1889. It's first purpose was to serve the men working in the mines, but soon became a general hospital serving not only the people of Adrian (Delancey) but the people of Punxsutawney as well. Due to it's popularity, that building soon became inadequate. It was decided to move the facility into Punxsutawney. The building pictured here was completed in 1898 with an appropriation from the State Legislature for $100,000. Interestingly, in 1902 it cost $5 per week to stay in a hospital ward. A private room cost between $10 to $25 per week. Also of interest, the year 1901 saw the annual expendature for medical supplies at $234.09 and salaries for nurses was $3160.53 (but it doesn't say how many nurses were on staff that divided this sum) This building was used as the hospital until 1975 when a new building was completed out on Rt.36 north. The building was remodelled and is now occupied by Wellington Heights which is a personal care facility.
  • Punxsutaney High School on Jefferson St. This building is currently used as the Junior High . This building has fallen into some disrepair and has some code violations, so the top floor is no longer used. This building pictured was built in 1907 and until recently had an ornate tile roof. Right accross the street from this building, also known as the "Jefferson building" is the Weber building and the Jackson building. The Weber building was built in 1915 to house the John A. Weber Manual Training and Domestic Science School. Four rooms were added to it's second floor in 1932. The Jackson Building was constructed in 1936-37. This entire complex is scheduled to be replaced by the new Middle School now being constructed behind the Senior high School building on N. Findley St..
  • Carlino's at the corner of Gilpin and Indiana St.. Carlino's is famous for their sandwiches. Photo taken in about 1940, but it looks the same today. The Carlino building was built in about 1895 and opened as a restaurant a few years later. The building was purchased by James Carlino in 1918 and has been known as "Carlino's" ever since. The business suffered great loss during the 1936 flood when all the merchandise was completely under water. The grocery and lunch room were closed for three months.
  • East Mahoning St. near the Pantall Hotel looking west in 1938. Note the traffic light in the center of the intersection. I've been told they were good for removing drunk drivers from the streets!
  • East Mahoning and Findley St. This is Punxsy's main intersection in about 1908. The Smart Shop's building is the second from the right. It looks much the same today.
  • Findley St. in about 1908. Looking north. On the right is the current Punxsy Hotel. Most of the building up the street are still standing.
  • Punxsutawney train station of the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad. I don't know the year, but I believe it might be about 1910.
  • Passenger train at the station in Punxsutawney in about 1905.
  • West Mahoning St. from Findley St. looking west. This was taken in about 1906. A few of the buildings are still there, but fires have destroyed some of the buildings on the left side of the street. The Mahoning Hardware building is the one with the tower in the background.

    These photos available on paper

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    The Winslow House

    The Winslow House on Pine and Gilpin St. by S. Thomas Curry