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State College station

For most of the Bellefonte Central Railroad's life, State College was its western terminus.

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower came to State College by train. His brother, Milton, was president of the Pennsylvania State College. You can read more in the article POTUS to Penn State.


Bellefonte Central Railroad Depot in State College Centre County. This would now be the site of the Hammond BuildingThe original State College station was along College Avenue, where the Hammond Building is now.

state college station 1920The original station in 1920, with College Avenue in the foreground.


State College 1922 1922 drawing of State College trackage. Courtesy of Mike Bezilla.
State College 1959 1959 drawing of State College trackage. Courtesy of Mike Bezilla.

State College BCR2 

Based on the 1959 track diagram, this appears to be a southeasterly view across the throat near the station. I suspect Meyers Coal Yard would be to the right of the John Haugh & Sons building.

State College stationThe "new" State College station, just off of Atherton Avenue (PA 322 Business). It remains in use today as a bus station. closeup5
dec 21 1938Heading home for Christmas break, December 21, 1938. State College platform
BCR State College OW HoutsO. W. Houts
Corl St in State College 
This feed mill was just off of Corl Street and was between Waddle and State College. It doesn't appear on most of the BCR documents, so I am not sure when it appeared. The mill was an Agway facility in the 1980s but was no longer rail-served.
1915 Harvard Sendoff1915 sendoff for the Penn State - Harvard football game. people11 1915 sendoff for the Penn State - Harvard football game.
snow13 Likely the 1955 football special (below). 1335815799425The original State College station was on College Avenue, as shown in this 1895 photo.
BCR at State College 1949 field6
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Photos from a 1955 football special:
1955 Football Special 1 1955 Football Special 2
1955 Football Special 3 1955 Football Special 4
1955 Football Special 5 1955 Football Special 6
1955 Football Special 7 1955 Football Special 8
Photos from the "Donahoe Report", 1936, Pattee Library, Pennsylvania State University:
State College 1936 1 State College 1936 3
State College 1936 4 State College 1936 5
State College 1936 8 State College 1936 9
State College 1936 10 State College 1936donahoereport 13