Area landmarks, legends focus of new book

LEWISTOWN – Q: President Theodore Roosevelt called him “the best soldier I have ever laid eyes on.” Who was he?

Q: You may know where Alfarata is, but do you know who she is?

Q: What was the first official memorial of any kind in Mifflin County?

Q: So, did Edgar Allen Poe really live in the area for a while?

A: All of this information, plus a whole lot more is contained in The Sentinel’s newest hardback book – “Juniata Valley Legends & Landmarks” – to be published in time for this holiday season.

Every year, Sentinel readers look forward to the annual themed Juniata Valley edition that the newspaper publishes in February. Perhaps the most popular one since the editions began in 1980 was “Landmarks, Legends and Folklore of the Juniata Valley,” published in 1999. People still remember the stark black cover that featured a portrait of an American Indian painted in the 1920s by Isaac Peight, a legendary Big Valley artist. In fact, occasionally people still ask for back copies of that edition, which has long been out of print.

So, the new book will contain old stories – and plenty of photos -including the best from that popular Juniata Valley edition. The book will also be enhanced by many other stories of local lore that have been published in the pages of The Sentinel over the years.

With the book, curious readers can find out the answers to questions about the Juniata Valley’s rich heritage, and history buffs will have a vast amount of local historical information compiled in one handy volume.

Pre-orders for the book are being taken now at a discounted price.

Order by Sept. 16 to receive the price of $19.95, plus tax, and shipping and handling if you’re not going to pick up your order at The Sentinel office. Pennsylvania residents add 6 percent tax; shipping and handling is $5.95 per book.

The retail price after Sept. 16 will be $24.95, plus tax, and shipping and handling, if mailed.

There are several ways to order the book:

Online at—Legends.html;

By mailing the coupon on that will appear periodically in the newspaper, beginning today (see Page A2);

In person at 352 Sixth St., Lewistown;

By calling 248-6741 or order by credit card.

For more information, call The Sentinel at 248-6741.