Little Known Facts About Walker Township

Little Known Facts About Walker Township


One of the oldest Native American artifacts in Centre County was found on a farm in the township.  It was dated about 9000 B.C.

  • We had an early battlefield in Walker Township as evidenced by the cannonballs which were found in a field near the Zion Cemetery.  It may date to the French and Indian War.
  • There is evidence of Indian cabins located in the Hecla Mountains on a warrant map of 1770.
  • Walker Township had some of the largest and best iron ore banks in Centre County from which much iron ore was mined for furnaces in five townships including Walker.
  • One of the first township high schools was opened in Pennsylvania in 1866.
  • We had one of the earliest major recreational areas in Central Pennsylvania when the Central Railroad developed Hecla Park.
  • In 1912 the state took over the roads in the state with the Nittany Valley road becoming the first road paved by the state with water bound macadam.
  • The first golf course in Centre County was laid out in 1913 at the Nittany Country Club.
  • Calvin and Robert Henry were well known Centre County basket makers from Walker Township.  These baskets were sold at market in Bellefonte and are known as Bellefonte Baskets.
  • Walker Township had the first FHA financed water system in the United States.

These are just a few of the interesting facts about Walker Township.  If you are interested in learning more of the history of the township the following books are available for purchase at the Walker Township Municipal Building:

History of Walker Township 1810 – 1999, $15

Schools of Walker Township, Centre County, $10

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Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday

816 Nittany Valley Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823


  • James Heckman, Chairman
  • Zane Sherman, Vice Chairman
  • Keith Harter

Secretary / Treasurer

  • Angel Emery
  • Sue Wagner, Assistant

Public Works

  • Keith Harter, Road Master
  • James Heckman, Asst. Road Master
  • Paul Gentzel, Road Foreman
  • Todd Holden, Road Crew
  • arson, Road Crew


  • John R. Miller, III

Zoning Officer

  • Mike Lesniak

Township Engineer

  • Donald M. Franson, P.E., P.L.S.

Contact Information

816 Nittany Valley Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Office: (814) 383 - 2859
Garage: (814) 383 - 2900
Fax: (814) 383 - 2330


Sue Wagner
(814) 383 - 2859

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