Place:Cresson, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States


Coordinates40.463°N 78.586°W
Located inCambria, Pennsylvania, United States
Contained Places
Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Cresson is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh. It is above 2,000 feet (610 m) in elevation. Lumber, coal, and coke yards were industries that had supported the population which numbered 1,470 in 1910. It is most commonly listed as part of the Johnstown Metropolitan Statistical Area, although state and local sources list it as part of the Altoona area as an Altoona suburb due to being much closer to Altoona and as a result, eastern Cambria county, including Cresson, is often more marketed to by Altoona businesses than by Johnstown businesses for services and jobs. The population at the 2000 census was 1,631.

The location was named Cresson in 1854, as a memorial to philanthropist Elliott Cresson. Railroads, specifically the Allegheny Portage Railroad, fueled the growth of the area. Many famous Pittsburgh businessmen (Charles M. Schwab, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, etc.) maintained summer residences in the area.

The borough was incorporated in 1906, along with neighboring Sankertown.

Research Tips

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Cresson, Pennsylvania. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.