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A resource for history buffs and community organizations in the Punxsutawney Area.

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Today and Tomorrow

The Citizens Band.

Local Community Culture is enhanced with the re-establishment of the Citizens Band, which has roots in a Band from 100 years ago!

A useful site for researching Historical Maps

allows the user to overlay historical maps on a modern map or a Satellite image.

  Punxsutawney, PA 

  Then and Now 

Lauderbach-Barber Building. First, it was the North Hotel.




Early Beginnings

According to tradition, Punxsutawney was an Indian village before the advent of the European settlers in America. The name Punxsutawney means "sand-fly" place," the Indian word for sand-fly being "ponki", So, the Indians called the place - Ponsutenink, i.e. 'the town of the ponkis.' The vermin were so small as not to be seen, and their bite being hot as sparks of fire.

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