• Rachel Lingenfelter

Throwback Thursday - Cambria

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is from Patton, Pennsylvania, nestled in Cambria County.

The following information is brought to you by 'Small Town PA - Facebook' and www.pattonboro.com :

"Patton is located in Cambria County, less than 20 miles northwest of Altoona. According to www.pattonboro.com, Cambria County started to have settlements in the early 1800s. Count Sedloski surveyed this area in the 1820s. The first settlers who came to this area were mostly trappers, traders, and farmers. They were first known as "Polish Corners" then "Marks Mills" then finally "Patton". John Patton and his son A.E. Patton worked hard at growing and developing the town so Patton was named in their honor. Many streets in town were named after other pioneers who lived in Patton. The town was settled in 1844.

In the 1890s, Patton opened a clay plant called, "The Patton Clay Manufacturing Company." It was one of the largest manufactures in the country. They made pipes, tiles, and the "Patton Pavers." They distributed their products throughout the county and beyond such as the Panama Canal and the Eiffel Tower in France. The company closed in the 1960s but the pavers are visible throughout the town. The highest population was in 1950 with 3,148 residence. In 2010, the population was 1,769."

Below are some photos from Patton:

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