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Norfolk Southern Railroad Office (Pennsylvania Railroad Station)

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Pennsylvania Railroad Station
c. 1900, William Cookman(?). Main St. and Railroad Ave., Mifflin

Beginning in 1849, Mifflin (then called Patterson) was the booming center of the Pennsylvania Railroad's repair shops until 1869 when the work was transferred to Altoona. A tightly packed town of clapboard and brick buildings sprang up around the shops. In 1910, the town was renamed Mifflin, linking it to the county seat across the river. William Cookman, the in-house architect for the Pennsylvania Railroad from shortly after his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1887 until at least 1936, is the station's likely designer. A simplified version of Price and McLanahan's modern Steubenville, Ohio, station with a raised central parapet above the principal entrance, Mifflin station is now used as an office by Norfolk Southern, who owns the railway.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Norfolk Southern Railroad Office (Pennsylvania Railroad Station)", [Mifflintown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 428-428.

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