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UPCOMING SOCIETY EVENTS
- TEN YEARS AND COUNTING
The Mont Alto Historical Society is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. The Society was founded in October 2006. Beverly Spicer, Tammy Kauffman, Becky Dietrich, Vivian Wagaman and Caryolyn Poffenberger were the charter members.
The anniversary celebration is scheduled for Thursday, October 13. Robert Windemuth from Kittochtinny Historical Society will be presenting a talk with Power Point, The Lay of the Land: What the Settlers Found and How They Changed It.
An Anniversary Edition of the Society Newsletter will be available at the meeting. A sampling of Society artifacts are on exhibit in the Society display case.
The program is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The event will be held at 7:00 PM in the Mont Alto Borough Hall, 3 N Main St. Mont Alto
- .Society holiday banquet; Thursday, December 1, 2016
- Society holiday chapel service; Saturday, December 3, 2016
SOCIETY DISPLAY CASE
SUMMER 2016 EXHIBIT
OLD MONT ALTO PARK
Mont Alto Park was developed by Col. George Wiestling, owner of the Mont Alto Iron Co., as a feeder for passenger traffic on the recently constructed Mont Alto Railroad. Wiestling spared no effort in developing his park. When the park was opened in 1875, the glories of Mont Alto Park spread far and wide into neighboring states. The Valley of a Thousand Springs provided the perfectly lush setting for the park. The streams, fountains, fine carousel, shooting gallery, bowling alley, dance pavilion, large restaurant, comfort station, rustic bridges, benches, gazebos and picnic tables were the main attractions. The Ramble, a long winding pathway, leading to the Narrows rock outcropping, plus the crowning glory, Oak Knob Observatory, rising 640 feet above the park providing a fine view of the Mont Alto Valley.
The Park drew as many as 8000 visitors on summer weekends. The Mont Alto Citizens Band along with bands from surrounding towns providing music for dancing and listening.
Following Co. Wiestling’s death, the park was sold to the State in 1901. Over the years there was neglect and decline in use of the park. From time to time there were efforts to revive the park with a swimming pool, jukebox and concession stand but efforts all failed to last for any leangth of time.
Enjoy the exhibit showing the “good old days” of MONT ALTO PARK