Planet Smethport Project

Planet Smethport Project PLANET SMETHPORT made history as the world’s very first, original, virtual historical geography walking tour built and designed for the World Wide Web.
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Welcome to THE DAILY PLANET: Our new MORE INTERACTIVE, FaceBook portal site to coordinate with our original Planet Smethport Website THANK YOU for stopping by and checking out the progress on this GIANT project. We are building an immense historical puzzle in which we are fitting vintage photos, post cards, biographies, geographies, histories, newspaper clippings, personal histories & interviews, obituaries, artifacts, & memorabilia all together to form huge virtual online walking tour of magnificent McKean County & Smethport area. The pieces do not come in a box. They are hidden in attics, shoe boxes, albums, and, of course, in our local museums. It is our job to find them and put them back together to built this GIANT PUZZLE! IT'S A GIANT "JIG-SAW" PUZZLE & THE PIECES ARE HIDDEN! So why the name Planet Smethport? Smethport was originally the economic engine of the McKean County region and the surrounding towns & villages were the “moon” the revolved around the economic Planet Smethport.

Welcome to THE DAILY PLANET: Our new MORE INTERACTIVE, FaceBook portal site to coordinate with our original Planet Smethport Website THANK YOU for stopping by and checking out the progress on this GIANT project. We are building an immense historical puzzle in which we are fitting vintage photos, post cards, biographies, geographies, histories, newspaper clippings, personal histories & interviews, obituaries, artifacts, & memorabilia all together to form huge virtual online walking tour of magnificent McKean County & Smethport area. The pieces do not come in a box. They are hidden in attics, shoe boxes, albums, and, of course, in our local museums. It is our job to find them and put them back together to built this GIANT PUZZLE! IT'S A GIANT "JIG-SAW" PUZZLE & THE PIECES ARE HIDDEN! So why the name Planet Smethport? Smethport was originally the economic engine of the McKean County region and the surrounding towns & villages were the “moon” the revolved around the economic Planet Smethport.

Mission: Explore the history of Smethport & its surrounding economic moons (Betula, Clermont, Colegrove, Coryville, Crosby, Norwich, & more) so that we better understand how we got to where/who we are today and where we need to go in the future.

1900:  Betula, Pa.  Stave Mill & View of Town Looking SEclick on THIS link:   and explore all over historic Betula.
05/28/2020

1900: Betula, Pa. Stave Mill & View of Town Looking SE
click on THIS link:
and explore all over historic Betula.

Alba Gilfillan & JC Backus were Smethport friends & business friends.  `Backus Pinsetters were manufactured in the compl...
04/26/2020

Alba Gilfillan & JC Backus were Smethport friends & business friends. `Backus Pinsetters were manufactured in the complex of Holmes & Gilfillan blacksmith & metal shops.

The Holmes & Gilfillan operation would eventually occupy all the south on Mechanic Street to today’s Hamlin Lake spillway

http://www.smethporthistory.org/holmes.gilfillan/handgfirst.htm

Here is an overall summary of Smethport's unique bowling pin history.  Follow the links through our history in pinsetter...
04/26/2020

Here is an overall summary of Smethport's unique bowling pin history. Follow the links through our history in pinsetters!
1906: Smethport inventor/ entrepreneur J. Clayton Backus invents the world's first bowling pinsetter patent and manufacturing. Holmes & Gilfillan manufactured these pinsetting machines for Backus. http://www.smethporthistory.org/holmes.gilfillan/pinsetterpat.htm

Smethport's 1838 Methodist Church: Still today's Methodist Church:one of the oldest, continually in use public buildings...
04/17/2020

Smethport's 1838 Methodist Church:
Still today's Methodist Church:
one of the oldest, continually in use public buildings in McKean County (photo left)
& original Dr. S.D. Freeman residence when he 1st moved to Smethport (right)

RARE EARLY PHOTO
Smethport's METHODIST CHURCH:
Follow (& EXPLORE) the Methodist Church evolution since its construction in 1838


(Follow the Thumb Photos & the RED ARROWS for a virtual walk through historic Smethport)

Smethport's Mechanic Street was a-buzz with logging activity.
12/26/2019

Smethport's Mechanic Street was a-buzz with logging activity.

“Lynn Hall”, US Route 6, (9 miles east of Smethport, PA), just west of Port Allegany, PA, was constructed by architect-...
02/13/2019

“Lynn Hall”, US Route 6, (9 miles east of Smethport, PA), just west of Port Allegany, PA, was constructed by architect-builder Walter Hall. Hall would later be chief contractor of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” near Ohiopyle, PA southeast of Pittsburgh.
Special thanks to Tom Huntoon for the new, aerial photos !

Explore Smethport West Main St 1895.   Special Thanks to Smethport Aerial Photographer Tom Huntoon for bringing Smethpor...
12/31/2018

Explore Smethport West Main St 1895.



Special Thanks to Smethport Aerial Photographer Tom Huntoon for bringing Smethport to Aerial Life!

ENCHANTING SMETHPORT, PA WILDS:Then (1903) and Now (2018). Special Thanks to Smethport's Aerial Photographer, Tom Huntoo...
12/24/2018

ENCHANTING SMETHPORT, PA WILDS:
Then (1903) and Now (2018). Special Thanks to Smethport's Aerial Photographer, Tom Huntoon! CLICK on this LINK and see explore the area at the turn-of-the-century 1900. (And see Tom's photo in very large format!)http://www.smethporthistory.org/main.html — with Tom Huntoon.

Vision of Brigadoon: Above:  1858 oil by Helen Cowles Crocker from Devil's Den looking at Smethport's Town HillBelow:  2...
12/18/2018

Vision of Brigadoon:
Above: 1858 oil by Helen Cowles Crocker from Devil's Den looking at Smethport's Town Hill
Below: 2018 aerial drone photo by Tom Huntoon looking at Smethport's Town Hill.

Helen Cowles Crocker's 1850s painting of Smethport, PA "en plein air" from the hillside near today's SAHS football stadi...
08/10/2018

Helen Cowles Crocker's 1850s painting of Smethport, PA "en plein air" from the hillside near today's SAHS football stadium.

Let's identify the vehicle in front of A.R. Cory Blacksmithing.  Note the mono-light on the dash.  1905?  1906?  1907?
06/30/2018

Let's identify the vehicle in front of A.R. Cory Blacksmithing. Note the mono-light on the dash. 1905? 1906? 1907?

Help us place this Mystery Building/Business:  Where was A.R. Cory Blacksmithing located?  Help us find and photograph l...
06/29/2018

Help us place this Mystery Building/
Business: Where was A.R. Cory Blacksmithing located? Help us find and photograph location of this business.

Arrows identify some architectural clues. Lay of the street does not appear to be Coryville.

Anyone want to work on finding this location Building itself may be long gone?

Photo represents the transition of transportation during the early 1900s. Horse transportation, Bicycling developed during the 1890s and began to decline with the development of the "horseless carriage.

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo
06/29/2018

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo
06/12/2018

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

NEWS FLASH: EARTH DAY HIKE to Poor Farm Cemetery Sunday, April 22 1 PM. Meet at the Shawmut Trailhead across the creek f...
04/07/2018

NEWS FLASH: EARTH DAY HIKE to Poor Farm Cemetery Sunday, April 22 1 PM. Meet at the Shawmut Trailhead across the creek from Dollar General. Led by Barbara Bowman. Sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society and the Potato Creek Trail Association.

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo
01/12/2018

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

Solomon Sartwell Mansion Christmas 2017. Photo by Cora Ahearn Photographics.See history of Solomon Sartwell Mansion, now...
12/22/2017

Solomon Sartwell Mansion Christmas 2017. Photo by Cora Ahearn Photographics.

See history of Solomon Sartwell Mansion, now the residence of Philip D Smith and Karen Smith

Main Planet Smethport" history project site  back on line after data loss scare.  All seems to be back in place and read...
04/23/2017

Main Planet Smethport" history project site back on line after data loss scare.

All seems to be back in place and ready to carry on. Fortunately there are multiple back up copies so all is well.

-Ross and Team

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo
06/09/2016

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

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PO Box 427
Smethport, PA
16749

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Hello the photos here are beautiful. My Mother -in-law is from Smethport her name is Greta (Anderson) Tanner. I would love to buy her a book, photo or calander to remind her of her youth. Could you tell me if there is anything available. I thank you in advance for you assistance.
Hello, I'm doing genealogical research on the Field and Pattison families from Smethport. Any ideas where I could find photographs and possibly old maps? I'm particularly interested in finding the locations of the Field and Moran farms (Marvin Creek Road?) and possibly where the murder of my great uncle may have taken place.
Just in case you didn't realize it, Smethport High graduate Cody Glick was on national TV last night, because he is Kyle Busch's crew chief. The "big deal" is that Busch won the 2017 truck series race at Bristol Motor speedway. I am surprised that the Bradford Era's sports section doesn't pick this up. It's not too often Gifford, PA has one of their native residents on national TV for a major win of a NASCAR race.