1 Eagle is at Valley Forge Military Academy

Penn Station Eagle at Valley Forge

This eagle was originally owned by philanthropist Walter Annenberg, who later donated it to the academy to commemorate the students and alumni who lost their lives in service of the nation.

1 Eagle at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia

One of the the alumni from Hampden-Sydney College, William Lashley, was a vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Some reports indicate that the eagle was located at the end zone of the football field at some point.

1 Eagle at the Smithsonian Zoo

Located next to Bird House, this eagle was also accompanied by a plaque saying it was made of granite. The eagle also appeared in the US Pavilion of the Expo 67 in Montreal.

1 Eagle in Vinalhaven, Maine

The eagle in Vinalhaven, Maine.

This eagle from the front facade of the original Penn Station found a home in Vinalhaven, Maine because the granite quarry for the original Penn Station was located here. Vinalhaven also supplied the granite for the Brooklyn Bridge and the US State Capitol.

Eagle Head Remnant

This remnant of an eagle head appears in the exhibit “Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks” at the Museum of the City of New York. It ended up in the private collection of a family in Poughkeepsie, taken home by a mechanic at the railroad during the demolition. Dave Morrison, resident Penn Station eagle expert, confirmed its origin and the eagle was temporarily on display at the Transit Museum’s Grand Central Annex in 2011 for the exhibit “The Once and Future Penn Station.”
The above eagles are mostly what remains of the “large” eagles on Penn Station. There were also eight smaller eagles, two which are located in Ringwood, New Jersey (shown above). The famous Night and Day clock sculpture with two smaller eagles, is now the Eagle Scout Fountain in Kansas City, Missouri. Other remnants of Penn Station are scattered throughout New Jersey and New York. In a New York Times article, Alexandros Washburn, then the President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, now director of urban design and the NYC Department of City Planning, spoke of the continuing lore of Penn Station:

”People–not governments or corporations or institutions–have been keeping the memory of Penn Station alive for 35 years. We’ve found threads from the fabric of Penn Station stretching across the country. Few buildings can inspire that continuum. It makes you want to reweave those threads.”

With the current debate over Penn Station’s future and the call to give New York City the 21st-century transit hub it needs, this statement continues to ring true. Join our next tour of the Remnants of Penn Station, which will include a stop at these eagles and many more wonderful remains:

Original Penn Station

Remnants of Penn Station

Next, discover the Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal and see photos of the demolition of Pennsylvania Station. Get in touch with the author @untappedmich