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Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania has a rich history that dates back to its early settlement in the mid-18th century. The county was formed in 1787 and was named after the English countess Selina Hastings, who was the countess of Huntingdon. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Shawnee and Susquehannock, European settlers began to arrive in the area in the 1750s.

During the American Revolution, Huntingdon County played a significant role in the fight for independence. Forts and blockhouses were established to protect settlers from Native American attacks, and the county saw some military action during the war. After the Revolution, the county began to see increased development and growth as more settlers moved into the area.

In the early 19th century, the construction of the Pennsylvania Canal and later the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad brought further economic growth to the county. The canal provided a transportation route for goods, while the railroad allowed for easier access to markets. This helped to spur the development of industries such as lumbering, coal mining, and iron production in the region.

In the 20th century, Huntingdon County continued to evolve economically. With the decline of industries such as coal and iron, the county shifted towards a more service-oriented economy. Today, the county is known for its natural beauty, with attractions such as Raystown Lake and the Rothrock State Forest drawing visitors to the area. Huntingdon County also maintains a strong agricultural presence, with farming playing a significant role in the local economy.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1736 - Huntingdon County is established as one of the original counties of Pennsylvania.
  • 1760 - Settlement begins in Huntingdon County, primarily by Scotch-Irish and German immigrants.
  • 1787 - Huntingdon becomes the county seat.
  • 1804 - The first courthouse is completed in Huntingdon.
  • 1846 - The Pennsylvania Canal reaches Huntingdon, spurring economic growth in the region.
  • 1851 - The Pennsylvania Railroad opens a line through Huntingdon, further boosting the local economy.
  • 1861-1865 - Huntingdon County sends numerous men to fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1896 - The Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad is completed, providing transportation for coal and timber industries.
  • 1947 - Construction of Raystown Lake begins, becoming a popular recreational spot in the county.
  • 1968 - Juniata College, a private liberal arts college, is founded in Huntingdon.
  • 2004 - The 250th anniversary of Huntingdon County is celebrated.