Hollidaysburg is the Blair County seat and home to nearly 6,000 people. It’s just south of Altoona on the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River, making it an important port on the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal from 1834 to 1854. In the past, the borough had foundries and machine shops, a silk mill, Pennsylvania Railroad switching yard, and Conrail car shop. There are a number of railroad-related sites still in operation by Norfolk Southern.
The borough was founded in 1796, named after Irish immigrants Adam and William Holliday. It became the county seat in 1846 when Blair County was organized out of a portion of Huntingdon County.
In 1989, the local Historic District was designated, preserving the unique architecture, including roughly 400 buildings. The town’s center is known as The Diamond, featuring the imposing Gothic Revival courthouse, completed in 1876.
The famous toy, Slinky, is manufactured within Hollidaysburg by Poof-Slinky, Inc. (formerly James
Industries, Inc.). More than a quarter billion Slinkys have been manufactured since 1945.
The Diamond, Canal Basin Park, and Legion Memorial Park are centers for community events and celebrations. Nearby are Altoona railroad museum, Horseshoe Curve, Canoe Creek State Park, and historic Fort Roberdeau.
Coming Up This Summer
• Discovery Garden Plant Sale –May 16, 9a.m.-2p.m., Legion Memorial Park, benefiting Discovery Garden Project and Skills Foundation
• Hollidaysburg Community Band concerts –May 25, June 28, July 26, and September 7 at Canal Basin Park
• Allegheny Street Cruise-in– May 29, 6-9 p.m., downtown
• Altoona Symphony Orchestra Concert –August 29
• Downtown Live Summer Concerts –five dates in June – September
• Farm and Craft Market – June–September, Montgomery Street off the Diamond