American sharpshooter Annie Oakley has ties to Blair County

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Annie Oakley, just 5’0″ tall, used her skill of shooting a gun to become one of the most famous sharpshooters in American history.

“She wasn’t a rough tomboy,” Michael Farrow, the president of the Blair County Historical Society, said. “She liked linen, lace and silverware. All the things you would expect a woman of that time to appreciate.”

Farrow did the research and what many don’t know is that Oakley’s parents were both born in Blair County. The two lived in Hollidaysburg.

“They established a log cabin inn along the canal,” he explained. “Passengers riding the canal boat would stay at the inn.”

About 7 or 8 years after their inn opened, a guest knocked over an oil lamp and it burned down. Oakley’s parents then moved to Ohio before she was even born.

Postings from local newspapers show the well-known markswoman came to our area several times to perform.

“She came to Altoona three times,” Farrow said. “Two times were for a carnival.”

Interesting pieces of history now being shared to make sure people know their roots.

We’re looking for any local relatives of Annie Oakley. If you know anyone with ties to her or any other famous Americans, be sure to let us know.

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