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    Birthplace of Penn State University

    by starship Updated Jun 9, 2009

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    Moses Thompson's Land

    During our visit to the Centre Furnace Mansion we discovered its connection to the founding of Penn State University. It seems that Ironmaster Moses Thompson, who owned the mansion, was also the largest landowner in the county by the time of his death in 1891---tens of thousands of acres. The university acquired much of Mr. Thompson's land for it's campus. When visiting Penn State's enormous campus, it becomes a little clearer just how much land Mr. Thompson owned.

    The Centre Furnace Mansion is documented as being the site where many trustee meetings and college guests were hosted. Furthermore, Mr. Thompson served as Penn State's Treasurer from 1867 - 1874, an honor which he obviously earned.

    So from the man, Moses Thompson, his partner James Irvin, and the land acquired through the profits of the iron ore smelting business, was born the origins of Penn State University!!

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    Berkey Creamery

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 30, 2009

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    We first heard of the Berkey Creamery while watching a show called "Ice Cream Paradise" that showcases the best ice cream spots across the United States. Penn State has their own Ice Cream Making course as part of the Food Science Program. The creamery itself produces milk, cheeses and ice cream. All varieties of ice cream are made on site and sold to students, guests and retailers. The creamery store sells ice cream cones, milk shakes and tubs of ice cream.

    The store is a nice sized area of the Food Sciences building with tables and a display case full of the current day's flavors. Frozen cases have additional flavor sold in half gallon tubs to take home. Liz and I first stopped here on our way to Ohio to see some friends. I ordered a Strawberry Cone and Liz had a Vanilla Bean Cone. The cones were piled high with the creamiest ice cream we had ever tasted. The ice cream was incredible and the price was insanely cheap at only $2.75 a cone. Our second trip here was on our way back from our visit to Ohio and I tried the Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream cone and Liz had Vanilla. I must say I prefer the Strawberry best but the Blueberry Cheesecake was very good.

    The Creamery has a daily list of ice cream flavor available when you first walk in the shop. The big rule of the creamery is that there is "NO MIXING OF FLAVORS". One flavor to a cup or cone...they have only broken that rule once when Bill Clinton visited the campus

    **The Creamery is a definite stop whenever we are passing through Pennsylvania.**

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    Raptors, nature and amphibians

    by Travmad Written Jan 27, 2008

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    If your in the State Collage area one of the better places in the region to visit is Shavers Creek Environmental center. For kids and adults alike. You can't miss the Raptor Center that houses Bald and golden Eagles as well as several different owls and vultures. Inside the center the helpful knowledgeable staff can show you all of the different types of creatures living in the area.

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    Stroll the Downtown Area

    by starship Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    Downtown State College ~ Flower Shop
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    "Downtown" State College is a nice area and very walkable which makes for a nice afternoon activity on a Spring, Summer or Autumn day.

    The old downtown is a rectangular area of about 9 blocks by 2 blocks being bordered on one side by the Penn State Campus and College Avenue and Beaver Avenue on its long side and South Atherton Street and Sowers Streets on the short sides. This area is very popular with tourists as well as students because of the many shops, nightclubs, restaurants and other traditional conveniences you look for in a downtown such as banks, the Post Office and the Information Kiosk (S. Allen St. & College Avenue).

    One afternoon when we had free time from the tournament we were able to do some walking around and found the downtown was buzzing with activity. We did a little shopping at "Rapid Transit Sports" and "The Clothesline" for our daughter, and then stopped at Bill Pickle's Tap Room for a little lunch where we could also take in some sports on one of their several wide-screen plasma TV's. Mr. Pickle's and several other restaurant/bars, nightclubs and coffeehouses offer evening entertainment---The Phyrst, an Irish Pub, is one such venue.

    From June through November, on Friday's from 11:30 to 5:30, on Locust Lane and on Saturday's from 11:00 to 3:00 on the 200 block of South Allen Street you can visit the Farmer's Markets where you will enjoy all types of fresh local produce and homemade goodies for sale.

    Downtown State College also hosts many events throughout the year such as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a Summer Concert Series, the Fall Festival, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the Polar Express. (downtownstatecollege.com)

    If you like theater, check out the new Pennsylvania Center Stage at Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre for professional stage productions!! This is also the ticket outlet for other Penn State events such as concerts, and intercollegiate athletics (except football)!! (pacentrestage.psu.edu.)

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    LEARN ABOUT THE TRADITIONS

    by Rich62 Written Oct 30, 2011
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    THE BLUE PLAQUES in my photos are positioned around the outside of the stadium. Here are a couple of examples.

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    SAMPLES OF THE PAST

    by Rich62 Written Oct 30, 2011
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    See some of the past years, who they played and how they did. These tablets are located between the visitor center and the stadium, by the bronze statue of Joe Paterno.

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    PENN STATE

    by Rich62 Updated Oct 29, 2011
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    THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND HERE IS PENN STATE UNIVERSITY.

    HERE ARE five views around the campus.

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