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Punxsutawney's history reaches back over 190 years. The Native Americans used Punxsutawney as a village long before the first settlers of European ancestry arrived in 1818.
The first industry in the area was lumbering. Within 50 years the lumber industry was in decline and the next industrial wave was that of coal. Coal and related industries of railroads, coke and iron created an economic boom which lasted from the 1880's through the 1950's.
During the early 1900's, one hundred years ago, it appeared that Punxsutawney was destined to be the industrial center of Western Pennsylvania. The original headquarters for the boom was located in the building pictured below. It was from this building, the modest office of the Punxsutawney Coal and Iron Company, that the beginning of the multi=million dollar coal industry was first managed.
Today, Punxsutawney begins a new era of economic activity, tourism. This building will become a Memorial to those who worked in our Coal and Related Industries and a Welcome Center for the thousands of visitors who come to Punxsutawney each year. P R I D E is leading the effort to restore this historic building to use.
The building, which has not been in active use for about twenty years, will be moved to a new location and restored for use. Visitors coming to Punxsutawney will be able to find information on places to see, local activities, and the resources available for their enjoyment while visiting the area.
In addition, visitors will find a memorial which pays tribute to those who worked in coal and related industries in the Punxsutawney area. The Welcome Center will provide space for the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society to set up displays of artifacts from the coal and related industries. The building will house the stories of the mines and mining communities, highlighting their unique contributions to the history of the Punxsutawney area.
A project of this magnitude requires vision and the resources to make it happen. P R I D E has assembled a group of visionaries who have been working to secure a suitable site for the building. The challenges ahead are the relocation and rehabilitation of the building.
Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing
P R I D E
is a nonprofit organization
brings together residents, business people, community leaders,
and civic organizations to improve the business districts in
The vision of P R I D E is to have business districts that are dynamic, attractive, and friendly to consumers and businesses. The unique streetscapes are uniform and safe. Storefronts, sidewalks, lighting, and other public elements are consistent throughout the community providing a unique look and feel to the districts. P R I D E works to maintain a mix of retail, service, and professional businesses along with entertainment, cultural, and recreational opportunities to attract shoppers from neighboring communities, neighboring states and across the world to the home of Punxsutawney Phil.
P R I D E ENCOURAGES
Business owners can invest
improving the appearance of their business. Technical
assistance is available through P R I D E to assist businesses and
owners in upgrading their facility, whether on a limited or
Become involved with P R I D E by offering your time and talent to
help improve the community and the business inventory in the
Invite businesses to
become part of our community, encourage entrepreneurship, and
support the expansion of our existing businesses. We are
seeking specific types of businesses to fill gaps in our
CURRENT PRIDE PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS:
Façade Improvement Program
Punxsutawney Area Farmers Market
Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial/Welcome Center Project
P R I D E is a non-profit community organization. Contributions are tax deductible up to the maximum permitted by law.