Visiting the Admiral Peary Monument in Cambria County

Admiral Peary Monument near his birthplace in Cresson PA.

The Admiral Peary Monument in Cambria County honors U.S. Naval officer Robert Peary, a Cresson native credited with being the first explorer to reach the North Pole.

Admiral Peary in his Navy uniform.
Admiral Peary in his Navy uniform.

Beginning in 1886, Peary made numerous expeditions to the Arctic, culminating in his reaching the North Pole on April 6, 1909.

Admiral Peary at the North Pole.
Admiral Peary’s group at the North Pole.

Although there was/is some debate as to whether he really did reach the North Pole, the National Geographic Society, as well as the Naval Affairs Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, credited Peary with achieving the feat.

Admiral Peary in his fur parka.
Admiral Peary in his fur parka.

The Admiral Peary Monument in Cambria County

Robert Edwin Peary was born on May 6, 1856 in Cresson, Cambria County, to Charles N. and Mary P. Peary.

Robert Peary historical marker near his birthplace in Cresson, Cambria County.
Robert Peary historical marker near his birthplace in Cresson, Cambria County.

The Robert Peary Monument stands approximately 100 yards from his birthplace, which no longer exists.

Admiral Peary Monument in Cambria County PA
Admiral Peary Monument in Cambria County

At first glance, the monument appears to depict Bigfoot walking his dog!

Close-up of the Admiral Peary Monument, portraying him in his fur parka.
Close-up of the Admiral Peary Monument, portraying him in his fur parka.

But once you’ve looked at some historical photos of Admiral Peary in his fur parka, standing next to his sled dogs, the statue actually looks remarkably accurate.

Admiral Peary and sled dogs.
Admiral Peary and his sled dogs.

A plaque at the bottom of the monument lists some of the accomplishments Admiral Peary is credited with .

Plaque at the base of the Admiral Peary Monument in Cresson, Cambria County.
Plaque at the base of the Admiral Peary Monument.

Although Peary only lived in Cresson for the first three years of his life (Peary and his mother moved to Portland, Maine after his father died in 1859), the highway passing his birthplace and a nearby school are named in his honor.

Admiral Peary portrait in a fur parka.
Admiral Peary portrait.

How to Find the Admiral Peary Monument

The Admiral Peary Monument is located at 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, PA 16630.

Map to Admiral Peary Park and Monument in Cresson, PA.
Map to Admiral Peary Park and Monument in Cresson, PA.

If navigating by GPS coordinates, use 40.461426, -78.599055 for the parking area closest to the monument.

Admiral Peary Monument road sign.
Admiral Peary Monument road sign.

Admiral Peary accomplished a great deal during his lifetime, and the monument and park commemorating his birthplace makes for an interesting quick visit when exploring other attractions in Cambria County.

Admiral Peary Park in Cresson, PA.
Admiral Peary Park in Cresson, PA.

Nearby Attractions

Prince Gallitzin’s crypt in Cambria County contains the remains of a former Russian prince turned trailblazing Catholic priest and now potential future saint, Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin.

Prince Gallitzin's crypt in Cambria County, PA.
Prince Gallitzin’s crypt in Cambria County, PA.

Exploring the Abandoned Cresson State Prison in Cambria County takes you inside the razor wire and concrete cell blocks of this former medium-security state prison, which closed in 2013.

SCI Cresson guard station.
Abandoned SCI Cresson guard station.

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Cambria County honors the more than 2,200 lives lost and the thousands more injured in the Johnstown Flood of May 31, 1889.

Inside the barn-shaped visitor center at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.
Inside the Visitor Center at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Cambria County.

The Horseshoe Curve Near Altoona is a must-see destination for railfans of all ages!

A young railfan waves to a passin Norfolk Southern engineer at the Horseshoe Curve.
A young railfan waves to a passing Norfolk Southern engineer at the Horseshoe Curve.

Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County is a man-made waterfall formed by the outflow of the Hinckston Run Reservoir near Johnstown.

Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County Pennsylvania
Hinckston Run Falls in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Did you enjoy this article?

If so, be sure to like and follow PA Bucket List on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest to stay up-to-date on my latest write-ups about the best things to see and do in Pennsylvania!

Click on any of the icons below to get connected to PA Bucket List on social media.


PA Bucket List 2022 Sasquatch Logo

Pennsylvania’s Best Travel Blog!

Rusty Glessner is a professional photographer, lifelong Pennsylvanian, and creator of the PA Bucket List travel blog.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here