History of Col. James Crowther Camp #89

On May 8, 1880, the Col. D.M. Jones G.A.R. Post No. 172 was established in Tyrone by the Union veterans of the Civil War. Today, a new camp of "Sons" assembles for meetings in the shadow of that G.A.R. post. We meet in the Community Room of the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Tyrone, PA, just across the street from the location of the G.A.R. Hall where the original camp met. The spirit of the original camp members looms largely in our memories. With renewed spirit and determination, the newly re-chartered Camp #89 will live on.

The original camp was formed in February 1895 for the purpose of  assisting the G.A.R. and eventually succeeding them in keeping green the graves of ex-soldiers and perpetuating the principles for which they fought. For unknown reasons this camp disbanded in December 1920. A group of men, organized by Dr. Robert Hileman, Jr., enable the re-establishment of this camp on June 12, 2009. The camp is located in Tyrone Borough, Blair County, Pennsylvania.