Why Visit Scottdale?
Local Accommodations and Attractions
Located in the town of Scottdale. Stay
at the South Broadway Manor Bed and Breakfast.
Set in the beautiful Laurel Highlands
of Pennsylvania, your visit will be relaxing and
enjoyable. Our small town ambiance welcomes you to a
variety of community events here in the heart of the
While you are visiting Scottdale,
consider visiting some of the following local
Find the Bird Boy of Scottdale
monument on Pittsburgh Street and
while you are there, pay your respects to the Veterans
of our community at the Veteran's Memorial located at
the corner of Pittsburgh Street and Broadway.
Perhaps while you are in town there is
a show at The Geyer Performing Arts Center at 111
Pittsburgh Street. Check their Web site at
or call the box office at 724-887-0887.
Shop Scottdale - downtown has something for
everyone. Browse Miss Martha's Tea Room, The Stepping Stone, Collections by Marty, Kropff's
Jewelers, Mark IV Office Supply. Shop for unique gifts at The
Glitter Bug, Brilhart Hardware and Miss Martha's Floral.
Downtown Scottdale offers several dining
options. Enjoy tea at Miss Martha's Tea Room or dine at any of
Scottdale's fine establishments such as Carson's Tavern, Wise's
Restaurant, Carson's Premier Catering,
and the Scottdale Firemen's Club. Or order a pizza from Fox's Pizza Den.
Surf the Internet, read a newspaper or borrow a
book from the Scottdale Public Library.
The Loucks Homestead located on
North Chestnut Street is home to the Scottdale
West Overton Village is only a short drive
where you may tour Henry Clay Frick's birthplace and museum. Hold
your event at the refurbished barn and browse the gift items located in
the Village Shops. www.westovertonvillage.org.
History of Scottdale
The borough was named
Scottdale in honor of Col. Thomas A. Scott,
who was assistant secretary of war during the
Civil War and later president of the
Pennsylvania Railroad when it opened its
Scottdale branch in the spring of 1873.
Scottdale was incorporated on Feb. 5, 1874. The
railroad along with the coal and coke industry
played a prominent role in the prosperity and
development of the community.
By the early 1900s there were 30,000 coke
ovens in the area, while Scottdale was centrally located
with hundreds of mining companies surrounding it. The
railroad was used to ship coal and coke to various
industrial markets throughout the country. Prior to 1874
Scottdale was named Fountain Mills.
Fountain Mills to Scottdale 1809 - 1874
By Muriel Keister
When a person's name changes it does not
mean the person changes. That person grows and achieves; the
same applied to the community of "Fountain Mills." In 1809,
John Snyder Jr. bought ten acres along Jacobs Creek from the
175-acre farm his father bought in 1790.
He worked a mill near an area where there was a well
referred to as a fountain. Consequently, the area grew and
boomed under the name of "Fountain Mills." There were grist
mills for flour, carding mills to make cloth, distilleries
(whisky was used as a means of exchange), cooper shops to
make barrels, etc. Most of the shipping was done by horse
When the Mount Pleasant branch of the B&O Railroad came
through with a station in our neighboring town of Everson in
1871, and branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad came through
with a station in Fountain Mills in 1873, the area was able
to make use of the surrounding coal mines, coke ovens, and a
good grade of iron ore.
Everson Graft and McCrum quickly built the
Charlotte Furnace along Jacobs Creek. Here they melted the
iron ore brought into the area by a narrow gage railway, and
the coke was brought across the creek by a tressel to heat
the furnace. From there on things changed rapidly.
Thirty men in the area requested that
"Fountain Mills" become organized into a borough and be
named after Colonel Scott who was president of the
Pennsylvania Railroad. Thus on February 5, 1874, "Fountain
Mills" became the "Borough of Scottdale."
It truly boomed into the wealthiest town in Westmoreland
County. It became a center of the Connellsville Coke Region
which extends from Latrobe to beyond Uniontown. It also
became a financial center and booming industrial area.
It manufactured the largest pipe in the world in the largest
pipe mill anywhere. Many other factories developed in a
short period of time. The American Sheet and Template Plant
and Old Meadow Plant were added, both of which became
subsidiaries of U.S. Steel. Continuing along the industrial
area from north to south between Jacobs Creek and Broadway
were many other factories. At the end near the Everson
bridge a factory was built that made mining machinery and
steam engines. It changed hands and was last taken over by
Across Broadway, Henry Clay Frick had his
first office on the 2nd floor of the Peter Campbell Building
and as his business increased, early 1900, he built two
buildings further along Broadway. Around 1929 when the
financial crash hit the whole United States, Scottdale was
hit hard with great losses. However, it never died. Some
businesses managed to survive and update. Some new factories
and businesses opened. There are those that are keeping pace
and furthering the growth of modern technology.
In the meantime, many of the beautiful
homes built at the turn of the century are still well-kept
residences. Let us also say, from the day it started in 1809
as "Fountain Mills" and later "Scottdale," through the good
and difficult times, it never gave up.