In front of Fort Ligonier's Visitor's Center is a gaggle of momentous, historical plaques, denoting various important aspects of Fort Ligonier...mostly that, there is a fort here.

This particular monument is the Century Link. The first link on the left represents 1758, the year Fort Ligonier was constructed; the center represents 1858, the 100-year anniversary of the fort's construction (at a time when there couldn't have been much of anything of the original fort left to look at); and the Bicentennial Link, manfully added to the chain by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. From the plaque:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, seen by 30,000 in Ligonier on September 26, 1958, climaxed his visit with a public address on this site. He sealed into the Century Chain the open Bicentennial Link, using an ax from the fort's artifacts. The president then signed a scroll commemorating the occasion.

The Century Chain's links are similar to, but slightly larger than those of the Great Chain spanning the Hudson River at West Point during the American Revolution. The Century Chain includes iron smelted at one of the old iron furnaces in Ligonier Valley.

30,000 people!? Ligonier seemed like a pretty small, cramped little town. To my eyes, 30 people in one place would seem uncomfortable at this location.

And yes, that's me in the lower right corner. I'm not used to dealing with morning sun!