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Indiana PA Community-History

History of Indiana County

The recorded history of Indiana County begins around 1727, when James LeTort, A French Huguenot trader, set up a trading post for the Indians near what is now the town of Shelocta, in the western part of the county. Various other traders and Indian fighters traveled through the county in the 1700's, including the famous frontiersmen, Conrad Weiser, Peter Shaver, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, and John Harris Sr., who established Harris's Ferry on the present site of Harrisburg.

In 1756, during the French and Indian War, Lt. Col. John Armstrong led a force of 301 men from Fort Shirley, in present Huntingdon County, to attack Kittanning Path, and Indian trail which roughly parallels U.S. Route 422 through Indiana County. This route, which was renamed the Armstrong Trail, is now preserved by the Armstrong Trail Society and a portion of it in Indiana County has been marked with signs and used for hiking and nature study.

This is just the beginning...

To read more about the history of Indiana County, PA click here.

The "Christmas Tree Capital Of The World"

The borough and the region as a whole promotes itself as the Christmas Tree Capital Of The World as at one time the area cultivated the largest number of Christmas trees known to man. While this is no longer the case, there are still a large number of Christmas tree farms in the area.

Jimmy Stewart Museum

Indiana County, PA is the childhood hometown of actor, Jimmy Stewart.

A museum dedicated to Jimmy Stewart is located at:
845 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701
724-349-6112 or 800-83-JIMMY

Click here for information on the museum.


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