Scottdale celebrates our 140 year anniversary; incorporated in February 1874. Our borough’s roots were started in a town known as Fountain Mills. Much of the following information is from the 25th Anniversary souvenir book published in 1899.
Situated on the banks of the Jacob’s Creek, 48 miles from Pittsburgh is the borough of Scottdale. Jacob’s Creek is a small stream rising in Chestnut Ridge, about ten miles east of here, and empties into the Youghiogheny River at a point called Jacob’s Creek, 10 miles west. Scottdale is strictly a mining and manufacturing town and up to date has had a good, healthy growth. As a result every dollar invested in real estate or otherwise has yielded a handsome return.
The first settlers to locate in or about Scottdale were of Scotch-Irish extraction from the Eastern and northern counties of the state who were sturdy Farmers, having been attracted by the rich fertility of the soil. In 1800 a heavy emigration of German and Mennonites came. Many of them located near here, but the majority pushed farther south locating between Pennsville and Connellsville, building a church and laying out a cemetery at Pennsville, known as Menice church. More>>
"Around Scottdale and Everson," compiled by Paul E. Eckman and Tom Zwierzelewski with the Scottdale Historical Society. A compilation of history and photographs include images of long-gone buildings and scenes from the community's heyday. The book is available for $20 at the Scottdale Public Library or by contacting the society. They also are available through Arcadia Publishing and Barnes and Noble booksellers. Here's a link to the story on the book that appeared in the Tribune-Review.
Also available is a book by retired Southmoreland High School history teacher Bob Percy called, "Profiles of Service and Sacrifice." The book details the stories of service by Scottdale area residents in World War II. Here's a link to a story about the book.
As part of our effort to meet or goals, we've created a Wish List of items and opportunities for volunteers. We are pleased to report we have received a washer, dryer, ironing board, dinner glasses and other items. Do you have something to offer?
Loucks Homestead Rental
The Loucks Homestead is available for overnight stays or afternoon teas and evening dinners with family, friends or social organizations.
While the home lies outside the district, we should note that in 1996 the commercial-industrial area of Scottdale was designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.