Altoona and Tyrone, Pa., 1881


Altoona and Tyrone, Pa., 1881


Artist unknown
American, 19th century?
After William A. Porter
American, 1844-1909
After Robert Atkinson Bonine American, b. 1838 and Chester C. Schriver American, b. 1853
Published in 1881 by the Philadelphia Publishing House.




Double views are relatively rare, especially in the case of Altoona and Tyrone, which are not adjacent to one another but rather separated by some fourteen miles. The Pennsylvania Railroad may have been the common denominator. Altoona, of course, was founded as a railroad town by the PRR in 1849, and Tyrone is where three of the company's lines branched off for services further to the north and northeast. One line led to Clearfield; a second followed Bald Eagle Creek past Bellefonte to Lock Haven. The third branch reached as far as Pennsylvania Furnace, in southern Centre County.

The artist responsible in part for the imagery here, William A. Porter (who invariably signed his work "Wils Porter"), made his drawings after the efforts of two local photographers: Robert Atkinson Bonine, who had just recently moved his business from Hollidaysburg to Altoona, and Tyrone resident Chester C. Schriver.

Adapted from the entry written by Judith Hansen O'Toole for the 1980 Pennsylvania Prints exhibition catalogue.


Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Partial gift and purchase from John C. & O'Connor and Ralph M. Yeager




John C. O'Connor and Ralph M. Yeager Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University


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Color lithograph with additional hand coloring; 21-1/2 x 33 in. (54.6 x 83.9 cm)


United States, Pennsylvania, Blair (county), Altoona, Tyrone