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.
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.
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We are building an immense puzzle in which we are fitting historic photos, post cards, biographies, geographies, histories, newspaper clippings, personal histories & interviews, obituaries, artifacts, & memorabilia all together to form huge portrait puzzle of this 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! WE BECOME TIME TRAVELERS! Through the magic of the internet we can now weave all the past into a single, connected unit , a mural jig-saw puzzle in a way absolutely never possible in the past. This is not a book; its a creation that records and recreates our past so we can time travel through our streets and through our history and then back to the present. VERY much UNDER CONSTRUCTION This is a long term project! We will be adding to this and expanding our giant tribute to McKean County for many years. There is lots of research involved with each additional piece that is added. We have LOTS of additional material (puzzle pieces) to add right now. YOU CAN HELP! Our PUZZLE PIECES (photos and information) come from all over. We simply scan the photos and photocopy the info. You can bring materials to Sany of our "Community Nights" and we will scan the material while you wait! The owner's name will be included under the contribution on the site. Wonderful photos have been EMAILED to us from all over. When you contribute materials or information we will add your name to the CONTRIBUTOR'S PAGE

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.

“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

Discover Lynn Hall, constructed by Walter Hall, chief contractor/builder of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water"Links:
01/02/2016

Discover Lynn Hall, constructed by Walter Hall, chief contractor/builder of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water"
Links:

Hey Everybody, Let's plan on having a GREAT YEAR.  Not just for the Planet Smethport Project but for everything.  Self-f...
01/02/2016

Hey Everybody, Let's plan on having a GREAT YEAR. Not just for the Planet Smethport Project but for everything. Self-fulfilling prophesies work. Plan on a great day and you'll have one. Plan on a bad day and you'll have one.
http://www.smethporthistory.org

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10/25/2015

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

The races are coming.  See what started it all:
08/20/2015

The races are coming. See what started it all:

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo
07/07/2015

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

Great Events in Smethport History #23St. Luke's Consecratedhttp://www.smethporthistory.org/mainwest/600.block/st.lukes/i...
06/16/2015

Great Events in Smethport History #23

St. Luke's Consecrated
http://www.smethporthistory.org/mainwest/600.block/st.lukes/index.html

McKean County Miner
Smethport Pa, Sept. 16, 1892

The St. Luke's Church, designed by W. Halsey Wood, is of the 14th century English Gothic style of architecture, with low pitched roofs covering the nave and transept. The latter, which forms a conspicuous break in the southern wall of the nave is to be used as a chapel, called St. Margaret's, has a high clerestory and a large window of richly colored glass placed well up in the gable end. At the south east corner of the building is placed a square battemented tower, 17x17 feet in width, walls 2 1/2 feet thick. There are two porches, the one in the tower measuring 9x10 feet, the other at the west end 10x12feet.

Besides the central passage-way, there are two aisles on the north and south sides of the church, with massive brick columns supporting the arches, also of brick, between the aisles and the nave. The clerestory windows are placed up from the point of the nave arches and afford a quaint bit of coloring to the the richly tinted glass which is set deep into thick brick jambs. The altar and reredos are raised to a proper height at the east end of the church, set out from the wall, and built in connection with a screen forming an ambulatory at the back and a passage way from the yestries which are placed on the right and left of the chancel. The screen is built of cream colored brick divided into deep gothic panels. The altar and reredos are of cain stone and are strictly in accordance with the style of the building. The front of the altar, which is 9 feet 3 inches long, is divided into three recessed arched panels, almost as deep as the altar is wide. The interior is filled with stone, well cemented, so that it is in fact a solid mass of stone. The mensa or altar slab is one piece of pure white marble. The reredos is also of Caen stone formed in 3 niches, surmounted by a delicately carried canopy, which is very beautiful.

The altar and reredos were given as a memorial, the steps of light colored Tennessee marble bearing the following inscription: "To the Glory of God. In memory of Orlo James Hamlin and Orra Lucinda Hamlin." The credence table and sedalia seats are built into the wall by means of arches and are made a prominent feature of the interior of the church. All the walls are plastered and painted with soft golden colors ( exceptthose of the aisles which are olive) in broad tints without stenciling; while the door and window jambs and string courses are built solid of cream colored brick. The massive roof timbers are bolted together with simplicity, while the ceilings throughout are of yellow pine.

The flooring under the seats is of oak. The central passage-way, the aisles, the choir and sanctuary are tiled. The aisles are filled with cream colored tile with a border of red and black. The tilling of the choir and sanctuary is of the same colors, but laid in rich patterns of ecclesiastical form. A beautiful wood screen of oak, divides the nave from the chancel. The choir stalls and pews are also of oak. Standing neat the west door is a large, handsome Font of Caen stone, the cover of which is of oak and brass; cut in the base of the Font is the following inscription: :In loving memory of Rachel Niles and Ada, children of D.C. and Ada M. Young."

There are many other offerings, indeed most of the furnishings of the church are gifts from members of the parish, and from others having strong ties of early association with St. Luke's. A full list will be given later. No one could fail to notice the entire harmony existing between the building and its furnishments, which is owing to the fact that almost everything placed in the church was manufactured from special designs prepared by the noted architect to whose professional skill not only St. Luke's parish but every citizen of smethport, is indebted for the possession of a gem of a building a perfect specimen of an English Gothic Church. The Character of the church can be fitly expressed in three words: Solidity, simplicity, dignity.

To Hon. Henry Hamlin, we take this occasion to express the gratitude of the entire people of smethport irrespective of religious predilections, for having erected this magnificent Church edifice. The money that Judge Hamlin has so lavishly appropriated within the past few years in beautifying out town, is appreciated much more by the citizens than he realizes. All wish him and his family many blessings for the interest they have taken in the common welfare and happiness of the people.
McKean County Miner Smethport Pa, Sept. 16, 1892

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06/06/2015

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NOW a FREE E-BOOK:  Brilliant early wordsmith and thinker, pioneer Orlo Hamlin and Orra Lucinda (Cogswell) Hamlin about ...
05/27/2015

NOW a FREE E-BOOK: Brilliant early wordsmith and thinker, pioneer Orlo Hamlin and Orra Lucinda (Cogswell) Hamlin about 1853. In 1826 Orlo spent the night in Smethport on his way to start a law practice in Warren when chance events caused him to remain and change Smethport's future. Life and Works of Orlo Jay Hamlin (1803-1880) now widely available as a free e-Book from various sources.
http://www.unz.org/Pub/HamlinOrlo-1914

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04/23/2015

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

Great Events in Smethport History:1826 Smethport Serendipity!
04/22/2015

Great Events in Smethport History:
1826 Smethport Serendipity!

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04/19/2015

Planet Smethport Project's cover photo

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Smethport, PA
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