Walker Township is situated in Nittany valley proper, and is traversed by Little Fishing creek. Its villages are Zion, Hublersburg, Snydertown and Nittany, and it has considerable iron ore deposits. The township was erected at January sessions, 1810, and called for the then President Judge Jonathan H. Walker. The earliest surveys made in the territory date in November 1770. Among its earliest settlers were the McEwens, William McKee, John Harbison, William McKean, brother of U.S. Senator Samuel McKean, etc. Hublersburg was laid out by Jacob Bolander for Jacob Hubler May 10, 1832. Heckla Furnace, at Logan's Gap, was built by Judge Isaac McKinney in 1825; nothing remaining of it now but the site, and farming is now the main occupation of the inhabitants of Walker township
(SOURCE: Eleventh Census of the Population of the United States Published by Boroughs and Townships, in Connection with a Business Directory of the Same, Bellefonte, Pa., 1890.)
WALKER TOWNSHIP CENSUS RECORDS
1850--1,221 1860--1,587 1870--1,356 1880--1,467 1890--1,333 1900--1,270 1910--1,164 1920--1,064 1930--1,041 1940--1,184 1950--1,115 1960--1,344 1970--1,706 1980--2,655 1990--2,801 2000--3,299
(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)
TOWNS & VILLAGES
Villages and towns in Walker Township include Forest, Hublersburg, Nittany, Peck's Store, Huston, Strunktown, Mingoville, Hecla Park, Zion and Snydertown. For more information about these. see Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, 1961.
TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS
Tax assessment records for Walker Township from 1811 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons wishing to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in the Pennsylvania Room.