This riverside town is located at the meeting point of the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas Rivers. The town became known as Freeport after its founder insisted that "no dockage fee will ever be charged to tie up a boat, raft or barge." To this day, the Freeport hub offers access to the rivers for large and small craft recreation. Nearby hiking and biking trails, including the Baker Trail, Butler to Freeport Community Trail and the Tredway Trail, converge at this jewel of a town.
Salt-water wells gave Saltsburg its name, while the Main Line Canal provided ready transportation opportunities and combined with local coal resources to create a flourishing community. Today, Saltsburg's Canal Park, West Penn Trail, Westmoreland Heritage Trail and river access make a unique intermingling of concepts - preserving the past, poised for the future.
The impact of many transportation eras can be experienced throughout Blairsville, where remnants of towns lost to flood control are reminders of changing views of modernization. Once a canal and stagecoach town, Blairsville became an important center for the growth of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a critical stop on the Underground Railroad. Nestled at the foothills of the Laurel Highlands, Blairsville is bordered by the West Penn, Hoodlebug and Ghost Town Trails and also provides river access.
Johnstown's riverside location and the Main Line Canal spurred the town's growth, providing transportation for the local iron, coal, and steel industries. But the surrounding waters have a deadly history of three epic floods, including the 1889 Johnstown Flood, which killed over 2,000 of Johnstown's citizens. Learn more at the Johnstown Flood Museum; explore the Path of the Flood and Staple Bend Tunnel Trails or go paddling at the nearby Stonycreek Whitewater Park.
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