When it comes to AMAZING Small Towns, SALTSBURG PA is a Hidden TREASURE

When it comes to AMAZING Small Towns, SALTSBURG PA is a Hidden TREASURE

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#Saltsburg is a borough in Indiana County, #Pennsylvania, United States. Its location is in western Pennsylvania, in the southwestern corner of Indiana County near its border with Westmoreland County.

The town was based on the construction of salt wells and the canals and railroad tracks that passed through it. Its population was 780 at the 2020 census.

On June 20, 1769, William Gray conducted the first survey in the Saltsburg area. Early settlers of the wooded region were mainly Scots-Irish immigrants, migrating west between 1768 and 1795. The settlers did not colonize the area near the Kiskiminetas River until 1795 because of Native Americans defending their land.

The name ‘Saltsburg’ was adopted because of the salt grain that flourished in the area. Around the years 1795–1798, a Mrs. Deemer was the first settler to prove salt was present in the Conemaugh River, about one mile above Saltsburg’s present site, in the town now known as Moween. Deemer produced a sample of salt by evaporating the water from the river.

In January 1817 the first sale of land was made to the Congregation of Saltsburg. In 1816-1817 Andrew Boggs purchased a large amount of land, which held the first town lots. The town was named with the common consent of the first settlers for the newly thriving salt industry. The town’s religion was mainly Presbyterian, which was also the denomination of the first church built in Saltsburg. The first house was built in 1820 and now is occupied with the Presbyterian Church.

The town quickly filled with merchants in the late 1820s and became a prosperous place to reside. John Carson became the first tailor in 1827. Daniel Davis was the first blacksmith in 1828, and George Johnston was the first merchant in 1829. The population of the town continued to grow, and in 1838, the town was declared a borough. In 1840 the estimated population was 335.

The primary means of transportation in the area were on foot, carriage, train, or boat. The canal and railroad were major trade conduits for the town and the region. As the town grew it became a site for the passage of the mainline canal from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. Coal and salt were transported along the canal and boat-building became one of the chief industries of the town. In 1835 and 1836, Robert Young, Butler Meyers, and Jacob Newhouse opened the first canal-boat construction business in the town. In 1855 the railroad bridge was built, with Major S.S. Jameson as the contractor and with the help of the principal mason John Marth. By 1864 the railroad brought an end to the canal era. The growth of the town was minimal until coalmines became prevalent in the 1870s.

Dr. John McFarland, a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, was the town’s first physician; he came to Saltsburg in 1836. McFarland was also the director of the Indiana County Medical Society and an instructor at the Saltsburg Academy. He served in the state House of Representatives from 1845 to 1846 and became one of the first directors of the Northern Pennsylvania Railroad. The first school was a log house located closer to the trestlework or railroad bridge. John Whittlesey was the first teacher, and John Bucklin was the second. The Saltsburg Academy was established in 1852.

Saltsburg is located in the southwestern corner of Indiana County, Pennsylvania. It currently has an estimated population of 923. The borough maintains a police department with one police officer. Supplemental police protection is provided by the Pennsylvania State Police. Saltsburg also has a volunteer fire department (Station 131). There is an elementary school as well as a high school, located next to the Kiskiminetas River. The economy of Saltsburg is based on small restaurants, a few salons, a gas station, and a grocery store. The Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum is located at 105 Point Street and has been standing since the days of the canal. The Saltsburg Area Historical Society retains information from the past of the town and the people and their ancestors of the area.

The Saltsburg Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

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  1. @ShauninParadise on December 30, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Solid channel

  2. @blakevincent4839 on December 30, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Grew up there it sucked lmao

  3. @justramblinaround on December 30, 2023 at 9:23 am

    Great video we love small towns and talking to the locals. These towns are usually very friendly and peaceful. It is a great way to give back to a small community. Our current t video has a town of only 44 people but has amazing roadside attractions truly amazing! Love your channel new subscribers for sure. I have a sister in Pennsylvania and I lived in Phoenix for 5 years and have been wanting to get back to Arizona so watching your channel will give us great ideas and places we must see. Happy New Year’s best wishes for more adventures and a growing channel! Loved your personal talk with Barry and your other visit were great!

  4. @ryandarrah4247 on December 30, 2023 at 9:23 am

    just down the river is where israel stole usa navy nuke material and began a tradition of blackmailing the usa gov into endless war.

  5. @dalankamulyan5263 on December 30, 2023 at 9:24 am

    A city with very beautiful views.

  6. @The_Rev_Show on December 30, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Ranger rob sent me. Great video, lots of info. I’m along for the ride.

  7. @maryiverson5874 on December 30, 2023 at 9:27 am

    My ancestors on my father’s side lived on farms outside of Saltsburgh. Sam Waddle was very involved in the development of the salt industry in the 1800’s. He paid the most taxes in the county one year that was noted around the civil war time. My grandmother was a Stine and she went to that Presbyterian Church as a young adult. This town actually has a well established museum that is worth a visit if you come up on a visit. I have not lived here since 1956. But have made many trips to do ancestry research over the years. Thank you for highlighting this town.

  8. @RangerRob on December 30, 2023 at 9:29 am

    Enjoyed your video, Thank You!

  9. @rktay52 on December 30, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I drove through Saltsburg quite a bit when I was in graduate school. You should explore Indiana, Pa if you have a chance! It is only about 30 mins from Saltsburg.

  10. @donaldhill854 on December 30, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Thank you. Lived in Saltsburg 1990. Had saltsburg address 1992 to 2018. Nice job on the video. Grandpa Hill of Grandpa Hill’s True Stories.

  11. @MisterSkelebones on December 30, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for showing my town.

  12. @LAZYDAYZAHEAD on December 30, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Hello, saw you in MT Homestead and The vineyard farmhouse LIVe tonight. This was a great video on Saltsburg.

  13. @herjunowijayanto. on December 30, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Greetings from Jakarta, Indonesia. Like your videos!

  14. @rockagamez7704 on December 30, 2023 at 9:54 am

    need to tone down that background noise a touch there bud. I don’t like listening to educational stuff like this with my ears blasting. I am from PA and have been to saltsburg plenty of times. It’s a neat little town, certainly historical, but nothing really to write home about other than maybe going on a boating trip if that’s what you like to do

  15. @KristaEMcGuire on December 30, 2023 at 9:56 am

    Thank you for representing our small town!!

  16. @rfieldsrf on December 30, 2023 at 9:59 am


  17. @thisolman on December 30, 2023 at 10:09 am

    My family lived in the house you toured up until my mother passed. I was there until I went to college at Penn State. We walked to school and walked home for lunch.

  18. @cherylsmith4826 on December 30, 2023 at 10:10 am

    They have a really nice pool for summer exercise!

  19. @chrisbarclay6127 on December 30, 2023 at 10:12 am

    I believe that living in this country I would either live in the middle of a large city such as New York City, San Diego, etc. Or you live in very small towns. Nothing in between.

  20. @SgtSlappy69 on December 30, 2023 at 10:14 am

    As life long resident, I want to thank you for representing my small town. I went to college for history and this video meant a lot to me and my love for my town’s rich history.
    Also, LOVE YOU MICHELLE!!! ❤
    Weird thing is, I always compare Pittsburgh to Saltsburg because of the confluences of the rivers lol #SmallTownAmerica

  21. @inkedupflyboy on December 30, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Coming from Pittsburgh and moving there in 3rd grade and ended up graduating but I can say it wasn’t a bad town it was what you made of it I liked walking around the town for the most part but I did move back to Pittsburgh. I come back around mostly cuz my parents lived out there

  22. @danielfrancella5219 on December 30, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Great video. I live in Pittsburgh. I am going to take a drive out there in couple of weeks.

  23. @Woodtyper on December 30, 2023 at 10:16 am

    Video Producer: PLEASE turn down the volume of the background music! It needs to be about 20% of the volume it currently is. Otherwise, great job!

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