Keystone Marker Varieties

The Keystone Markers consist of a sign and a pole. Signs and poles are historically of cast iron construction and were painted a standardized Pennsylvania blue and gold or blue and yellow.  Variations in color were due mainly to fading.  See the slideshow for more information. 

SIGN TYPES:  As shown in the first photo below, there are four types of signs--two standard shapes and two variants.

  • Front Mount, Single Face Standard Keystone:  Shown by the Blue Ball marker in the first photo below, this is the type most commonly used for cities, towns, and villages.  The sign is printed on one side only and mounts on the Front Mount Pole. It has a ball finial on top, usually painted blue.  On most markers, the ball finial is a separate piece held in place in the pole with  set screw.   We have observed there are two types of applied ball finials, one with a thick collar and one with a thin collar.  Some markers hae lost their ball finials to time.  Some front mount markers did not have a separately-applied ball finial but instead had a ball finial cast integrally with the pole.
  • Top Mount Dual Face Standard Keystone:  Shown by the Little Pine Creek marker in the photo, this type is most commonly used for rivers, creeks, etc.  The sign is printed on both sides and is mounted on the Top Mount Pole.  Note the webbing at the base of the sign where it meets the pole.
  • Keystone Variants:  There are at least two variations of the keystone shape, shown in here by the Looker Mountain Trail sign and the Marguerite directional sign.  The Looker Mountain keystone shape was also used to denote borough boundaries.  It is likely all variants used the Front Mount Pole.

POLE TYPES: There are two pole types.

One is a front-mount pole, with the keystone sign mounted in front of the pole. See the Blue Ball marker below for an example.  The other type is a top-mount pole, with the keystone (often a dual face variety) mounted on top. See the Youghiogheny River and Tunkhannock Creek markers below for examples. 

Click an image below for more detailed information:

Keystone Marker Varieties
A few notable variations
The marker at Blue Ball
Marker and pole drawing
Top-mount keystone marker drawing
Base of conical pole section
Rear of standard sign and pole
Back of standard sign shows repair
Pole without sign 1
Historic front-mount marker pole top
Close-up of the notch and lip
Single piece finial
Separate piece finial
Close up of the ball finia
Thin-collar finial
Yough top-mount square pole sign
Unique Pine Flats marker
Top-mount round-pole
A-typical Tunkhannock coloration
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