Nittany Lion Shrine

Nittany Lion Shrine (HM1GXC)

Location: State College, PA 16801 Centre County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 47.893', W 77° 51.594'

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What's a Nittany? The word Nittany is derived from the Algonquian word Nit-A-Nee meaning "single mountain." The original inhabitants of the area used Nit-A-Nee to describe the mountain, and it likely became corrupted to Nittany by the first Europeans to settle the area in the 18th century. By the time of Penn State's founding in 1855, the word was already in use.

"Joe" Mason. Third baseman on the 1904 Penn State baseball team, Harrison Joe" Mason is credited with originating the idea of a mountain lion for the Penn State mascot in a prideful boast to a visiting powerhouse baseball team from Princeton:
"Well, up at Penn State, we have Mount Nittany right on our campus, where rules the Nittany Mountain Lion, who has never been beaten in a fair fight. So Princeton Tiger, look out."

Placed ByPenn State Class of 2012
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 258731 N 4520293
Decimal Degrees40.79821667, -77.85990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 47.893', W 77° 51.594'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 47' 53.58" N, 77° 51' 35.64" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3485 Shortlidge Rd, State College PA 16801, US
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