Place:Johnsonburg, Elk, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameJohnsonburg
Alt namesWilmarthsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS42012860
Quay
TypeBorough
Coordinates41.494°N 78.68°W
Located inElk, Pennsylvania, United States
Also located inRidgway (township), Elk, Pennsylvania, United States    
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Johnsonburg is a borough in Elk County, Pennsylvania, northeast of Pittsburgh and south of Buffalo, New York, in a productive farming and lumbering region. Paper mills were once common here, and Domtar still maintains a paper mill there today. In 1910, 4,334 people lived here. The population was 2,483 at the 2010 census.

Historical Notes

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  • Is the oldest settlement in Elk County, first settled in 1810.
  • Was originally called Quay.
  • Like many towns in the 1920s and 1930s with organized crime, the borough carried the name of "Little Chicago."
  • It was once considered a booming town along the Clarion River where former United States President Ulysses S. Grant used to visit during and after his presidency to fish with other retired Civil War generals that had lived there. Neighboring municipalities such as Kane and Wilcox were named after generals.
  • During World War II, the borough had, per capita, the highest number of soldiers entering into military service. This fact was officially recognized years later.
  • Paper from the mill originally was used for the Saturday Evening Post during the days that artist Norman Rockwell would do its covers. In later years, it would produce the paper used for the books in the Harry Potter series.
  • The Johnsonburg Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
  • As of 2010, Johnsonburg had the third-least expensive median house price in the United States at $38,588.

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