Juniata had MANY FIRSTS..........................
Juniata was the FIRST town in Adams county.
Juniata had the FIRST school district.
Juniata had the FIRST newspaper that was printed in Adams county. It was called the Adams County Gazette (1871).
The Juniata Herald printed papers for 46 years until 1917.
Juniata had the FIRST election, which meant that it was able to be the county seat of Adams county.
Juniata had the FIRST court house in Adams county.
Juniata had the FIRST jail in Adams county.
Juniata had the FIRST church in Adams county. It was the Methodist church in 1872. The building was built in 1875.
Juniata had the Baptist church in 1872. The building was built in 1878. It is now called the Community Church.
Juniata had the FIRST cemetery in Adams county. (1873)
Juniata had the FIRST saloon called the "Refresher".
Juniata had the FIRST Masonic Lodge.
Juniata had an army (militia) made up of local people. They are like our National Guard today. This militia company (enrollment was 39) was called to end a strike in Omaha. The militia was also called to help in South Dakota in the battle of Wounded Knee against the Indians. They stayed for 15 days to help fight the Indians. They were welcomed home by a thousand people, but never did fight with any Indians. But had enough souvenirs and stories to last a lifetime.
Another marker stands in Geary Park. It stands for the place where the Geary Hall once stood.
In the park, there is a big monument for Geary Hall from the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). The organization was made up of Union Army veterans. In 1935, when the last member died, the building they used to hold their meetings was torn down, and the land donated to the village as a park.
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Thanks to the Adams County Historical Society for letting us borrow these excellent pictures
of Juniata's beginning. If you would like to learn more about Adams County, visit their web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~neadams