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Indiana County Towns

Genealogists and historians are often interested in the history of towns, buildings, businesses, and so on. This page has links to websites and books about the history of some local towns.


Websites of Interest

  • Heilwood
    by Ron Kuzemchak
    A comprehensive look at the history of the town of Heilwood from its founding in 1904 by John Heisley Weaver to about 1952. New materials continually are added to the site as further research is done.
  • McIntyre, Pennsylvania, the Everyday Life of a Coal Mining Company Town: 1910-1947
    by Susan Ferrandiz
    McIntyre is a representative coal town in the county.
  • Saltsburg
  • A number of area town web pages containing research done by Eileen Mountjoy Cooper are housed in IUP's Special Collections & University Archives under the title, Coal Culture Projects.
    • Articles about coal company towns, including Clymer, Commodore, Ernest, Iselin, Lucerne, Sagamore, Whiskey Run, and others are linked under the title Mines and Company Towns.
  • Historic Towns
    The Indiana County Tourist Bureau's website includes short summaries of the history of some Indiana County towns.

Other Nearby Towns


Books of Interest

Towns in Indiana County and nearby counties

Some books can be purchased from the historical society. See the book store page for current titles available.)


A bibliography for those who want to learn more about early western Pennsylvania towns

(Many of these books might be available through inter-library loan programs. Thanks to Susan Ferrandiz for providing the list below. )

Allen Beik, Mildred. The Miners of Windber: the Struggle of New Immigrants for Unionization, 1890s-1930s. University Park: Pennsylvania University Press, 1996.

Bishop, Patricia. Chickens and Biscuits: The Story of a Family in a Western Pennsylvania Coal and Coke Town. Clearfield, Pa.: self published by the author, 1988.

Brestensky, Dennis F. Patch Work Voices: the Culture and Lore of a Mining People. Pittsburgh: University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1978.

Brignano, Mary, ed. Boundless Lives: Italian Americans of Western Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1999.

Caldwell, J.A. History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1880. Newark, Ohio: J.A. Caldwell, 1880.

Dusza Weber, Denise. Delano's Domain: A History of Warren Delano's Mining Towns of Vintondale, Wehrum and Claghorn. Indiana, Pa.: Halldin Publishing Company, 1991.

Bescherer Metheny, Karen. From the Miners’ Doublehouse : Archaeology and Landscape in a Pennsylvania Coal Company Town. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

Mountjoy Cooper, Eileen. The Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company: The First One Hundred Years. Indiana, Pa.: Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company, 1982.

Mulrooney, Margaret M. Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C.: Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1989.

Quin, Richard H. Indiana County Pennsylvania: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1993.

Stephenson, Clarence D. Indiana County, 175th Anniversary History. Indiana, Pa.: Halldin Publishing Company. Vols.1-5, 1978-1995.

Stewart, Joshua Thomas. Indiana County, Pennsylvania: Her People, Past and Present, Embracing a History of the County. 2 Vols. Chicago: J.H. Beers and Company, 1913.

Wiley, Samuel T. Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana and
Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia: J.M. Gresham and Company, 1891.


If you are researching an Indiana County town and have a website you would like to share, please send an email with the website address to:

ichistoricalsociety@gmail.com

 

Thank you.