Local Info: Neighbors
Deposits of iron
ore were discovered around Shippenville and the furnaces in the area produced
many tons of high grade iron, which were shipped to Pittsburgh by way of the Clarion
River. With the mining of this ore, hauling it to the furnaces, mining limestone
to flux, making charcoal and the cutting of forest employed hundreds of men in
the area. After the discovery of oil, the town became busy again.
The first railroad
to operate was the Emlenton and Shippenville Railroad, which did a heavy business
with the oil finding. The first bank was chartered in 1890 and the first newspaper
established in 1869.
East Brady derived
its name from the famous Indian Fighter, Captain Samuel Brady. The first farmhouse
was built in 1854, and in 1867 the first hardware store was opened. After 1886,
the town grew very rapidly. The first bank was chartered in 1900 and the first
newspaper was established in 1869.
A very interesting
fact about East Brady is Jim Kelly former quarterback of the Buffalo Bills was
born and raised in East Brady. He started out his football career at East Brady.
Jim Kelly competed in four super bowls. This is something the people of East Brady
take great pride in. Kelly is now a sports caster for the NFL.
If you are a
local history buff, Foxburg is one of the most exciting historical areas in the
county. Foxburg became a borough in 1928 although it had been a village since
1847. Foxburg has the distinction of having the oldest golf course in the United
States and is the location of the American Golf Hall of Fame. The original Fox
home stands on the banks of the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers.
settlers came to this community in 1808. It was incorporated as a borough in February
of 1872. The first oil well drilled in this area was in 1871. St. Petersburg became
famous and historically important. Almost overnight the population grew from 100
to 10,000, making it the largest town in Clarion County. There were four hotels
and three large boarding houses. There were fifty business places. An opera house
with a seating capacity of 800 to 1,000 was built. There were three newspapers
established. in 1892, a fire destroyed the opera house and 28 other buildings.
It has a small town atmosphere and it is located along the Allegheny River. For
this reason St. Petersburg is a very popular location today for summer settlement.
was incorporated as a borough in 1853. The first store and gristmill was built
in 1835. Early industries included the first saw mill, an iron foundry, and a
lumber mill. New Bethlehem held the first bank in the county. In 1872, the first
newspaper was established.