Located on 500 block of W. Water Street just above the BB&K Railroad
Station & down the hill from the McKean County Court House.
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H. PIERCE, Jr., hotel keeper, Smethport was born in Troy, N. Y., June 14,
1844, a son of A. H. and Esther (Oatman) Pierce, the former a native of Albany,
N.Y., and the latter a native of Vermont. A. H. Pierce, the subject
proper of these lines, left his home at the age of ten years, and worked on
a farm for $25 a year, clothing himself, until 1861, when he enlisted in Company
D. Sixth Ohio Cavalry, and served faithfully until 1865, when he received
an honorable discharge. In 1869 he married Miss Rosa A., daughter of
Johnson and Fannie Glase, of Lymansville, Penn., and to this union were born
four children, of whom two are living: A. H. and Hattie G. Mr.
Pierce located in Coudersport, Penn., in 1867, rented a building and kept
a restaurant several years; in 1879 he came to Smethport, where he rented
again and kept a restaurant two years, when he built for himself his
present hotel, which he very successfully conducts. Mr. Pierce is a
member of Tent No. 9, K. O. T. M., and of McKean Post, No. 347, G. A. R.,
at Smethport. In politics he is a Republican, and his family all attend
BB&K Railroad Station was located in the morning shadows of the
Pierce House Hotel.
The Pierce House was completed the year after the railroad came to Smethport.
The very first organizational meeting of the Smethport Hose Company, later known as the Smethport Fire Department was held here in 1881.
Note: For about a year the Pierce House building was our top "mystery building" and it's true identity was finally proven through research of property deed
STRAVINO HOUSE AND CONTENTS DESTROYED
The Stravino House, a three storie wooden building on
Water street was burned to the ground early sunday morning. The contents
were also a total loss.
This is the current location of the Pierce House Hotel. It is now the residence of Jeff & Brenda Young.
Sanborn - Perris Insurance Map
W. Water & State Street region
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