Saltsburg Borough, Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Welcome to Saltsburg Borough, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. A PA Canal Town.

Our History

Saltsburg, Pennsylvania is over 200 years old and participated in the opening of the western frontier. It all began with the salt industry.

About a mile above Saltsburg in 1795-98, a Mrs. Deemer was boiling water from a nearby well when she noted a formation of crystals in the bottom of the kettle. Those crystals were salt. Mrs. Deemer's discovery led to the birth of an industry that over the next few decades made the Conemaugh-Kiskiminetas Valley one of the leading salt producers in the nation.;

Mr. William Johnson was the area's first leading producer. By 1813, his well yielded 30 bushels of salt per day. First Johnson used horse power to bore and pump his salt from the wells; later he used a spring pole; and ultimately, in 1825, a steam engine.

Salt WorksBy 1819 "The Great Conemaugh Salt Works" was comprised of twelve manufacturers. The primitive kettle that Mrs. Deemer has used was replaced by large iron pans, 8 inches deep, 20 feet long and 10 or 11 feet wide. Coal was mined nearby and used as fuel for the steam engines to both bore and pump.

The salt industry of the Conemaugh-Kiskiminetas Valley peaked in the 1830's and in 1833 over four million pound of slat were shipped over the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

By 1837, nearly all of the Conemaugh and Kiskiminetas salt wells had played out,, and most of the salt operations had moved downstream. The salt industry in Pennsylvania declined as cheaper sources of salt which did not require the expense of boring, pumping and evaporation were developed.

The early salt industry was the reason for Saltsburg's establishment as a town, and in conjunction with the canal, created the "boom" economy that made Saltsburg grow, and led to its incorporation as a borough on April 16, 1838.

View of Saltsburg looking NorthIn the fall of 1816, Andrew and Jane Boggs purchased the land situated in the beautiful valley at the confluence of the Conemaugh, Loyalhanna and Kiskiminetas Rivers from Jane's brother William Johnston. They immediately began selling lots in the tiny pioneer settlement, naming it "Saltsburg" in honor of the salt industry. The demand for property had greatly increased in the vicinity of the Great Conemaugh Salt Works. From necessity, businesses sprang up - coopers, blacksmiths, wagon makers, stone masons, and carpenters; all having employment because of the thriving salt industry. The location had an abundant supply of timber and stone for building purposes and plenty of good water.

Salt Street looking northIn 1838, Saltsburg was incorporated as a borough. The first election was held August 11, 1838. Dr. Thomas Murray was the first Burgess; John Williams, the first merchant; Simon Drum, the first tanner and Daniel Davis, the first blacksmith. Some say the first house was erected in 1819-1820 at the rear of the present day Presbyterian Church lot on Salt Street, however, there were many cabins on the site as early as 1800.

This was, in fact, the early beginning of Saltsburg, a small settlement, soon to become a prosperous industrial center.

Mainline Canal

Industrial growth prompts better methods of transportation necessary to the economic progress of a community. In the early 1800's, people watched the transition from wagons and horse travel to the birth of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal which reached across the state from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. It was the canal that made it possible for salt and other raw and manufactured goods to be transported more quickly to market, thus furnishing the essential ingredient for the success of the area salt industry and of Saltsburg itself. The 104 mile Western Division of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal ran through Saltsburg as it connected with Johnstown and Pittsburgh. It was the life blood of Saltsburg for nearly 30 years.

The canal, an artery of water 40 feet wide, cut through Saltsburg in a graceful curve, following the near bank of the Conemaugh River and crossing the town's major streets - Basin, Washington, Point, Market, High, Salt, and Canal. Lock #8, a canal boat basin, and a warehouse fronting the basin were located on the north end of town.

The canal channels and tow paths (generally 62 feet wide) ran along the river. Mules were led along the canal path to pull the boats through the waterway. The channel was 4 feet deep and 28 feet wide at the bottom of the prism and 40 feet wide at the water line. Cut stone locks with chambers 90 feet long and 15 feet wide were used to raise and lower the canal boats by closing and opening lock gates to raise and lower the water level.

Contracts were let in the fall of 1827. Nathan Roberts was contracted for the surveying and engineering of the Western Division. The first passenger packet, the Pennsylvania, arrived in Saltsburg May 15, 1829.

Saltsburg remains basically unchanged representing the typical village which thrived as a result of the canal. With the death of the canal, Saltsburg suffered and economic and demographic decline. The canal could not compete with the dawning of the industrial age and steam power. Before mid-century, the canal was replaced by railroad.

Railroad construction began to advance toward Saltsburg between 1845 and 1854. Contracts were awarded for a railroad bridge spanning the Kiskiminetas River (the piers are still standing) and a passenger and freight station to be located in Saltsburg in 1855 - 1856 by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad StationSaltsburg resident and Pennsylvania Senator Samuel S. Jamison was the contractor for both the stone bridge carrying the railroad across the Kiskiminetas River, and for the brick railroad station located on Point Street and Plum Alley (now the Municipal Building). Both contracts were sublet to local, noted master stone mason, John Martin.

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad Company went bankrupt in 1859, but a new company was formed. In 1860, the Western Pennsylvania Railroad Company continued the construction. on September 10, 1864, the first train crossed the high bridge into Saltsburg.

Lock #8 was filled in, the gates on the north end of the lock carefully lowered onto the floor of the lock, hoping no doubt that they would be discovered someday. (They were in 1989 by archeologists doing exploratory digs on the canal.) The large, fine cut stones from the lock were removed and used to build the Soldiers Monument in Edgewood Cemetery.

From 1882 until 195-54, Saltsburg had both freight and passenger service. In 1954, the railroad was relocated, this time out of town. The canal and the railroad were the great transportation systems of the nineteenth century. Both were Saltsburg's link to the rest of the economic world and were responsible for the little town's growth and decline.

Text for Our History and Mainline Canal was written by Ann Palmer and Gloria Berringer Downes and is taken from "A Walking Tour Of Historic Saltsburg" and used with permission of Historic Saltsburg, Incorporated. Copyright © 1994.


EVENT CALENDAR

TOWN WIDE YARD SALE!

Saturday, September 8 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Maps available at Canal Park and Borough office.

HISTORIC SALTSBURG CAR CRUISE

Friday, September 14, 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Canal Park.
Call 724-639-3728 to register. $7 per vehicle.

RECYCLING DAYS

RecycleSeptember 15, 16 and 17.
November 10, 11 and 12.
Recycling bins will be set up on Water Street in the parking lot across from ParMar/BP. #1 and #2 plastics (no bags), glass, aluminum/tin/steel cans, newspapers and catalogs are accepted.

FALL CLEAN UP

September 28, High Street and below.
October 5, above High Street.
No building materials, electronics, tires, or other hazardous materials.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Every Tuesday, 9:00am-10:am, Saltsburg Social Center. $2.50 for home cooked French Toast or pancakes, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee, juice.

COMMUNITY DINNER

Every Wednesday,5:00pm-6:00pm. $3.50. You must call at least 24 hours in advance for dinner reservations.

FREE CONCERTS

A free concert series is held on the third Saturday of every month. Contact the borough office for details.
Next concert is August 18 at 3:00pm, the Altman Mill (111 Market Street)

TROJANS 2018 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
August 247:00pmMarion Center
August 317:00pmAt Northern Cambria
September 77:00pmBlairsville
September 147:00pmAt Ligonier Valley
September 217:00pmPenns Manor
September 287:00pmAt United
October 57:00pmHomer City
October 127:00pmWest Shamokin
October 197:00pmAt Purchase Line
October 26TBAConference Crossover

Saltsburg's 38th ANNUAL CANAL DAYS

Check back in 2019 for details.

Saltsburg Borough Council meetings are held on the first Monday of the month. If the Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be held on Tuesday.

Saltsburg PA

Friday, October 19, 2018


SUPPORT
SALTSBURG AREA BUSINESSES!

(All addresses Saltsburg, PA 15681 unless otherwise noted.)

www.saltsburg.org

NEW BUSINESS
GG's Gourmet Cafe
Bakery ~ Delicatessen
512 Salt Street
724-702-0194
M-F 6:00 am-3:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Sun CLOSED
Visit Website
REALMS OF CATERING'S ROADSIDE EATERY
2895 State Route 380 At Routes 286 & 380
724-219-9803
Rocket Graffix & Gifts
Custom T-Shirts, Car Decals and more
524 Salt Street
Mon thru Fri: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat: 10:00am-3:00pm 724--219-9803

Counseling Wellness of Indiana County, LLC
637 Philadelphia St, Suite 402
Indiana Theater Building
Indiana PA 15701
724-717-6481

www.saltsburg.org

ANIMAL CARE

Five Points Veterinary Services, LLC.
3528 Route 981
724-702-0160

AUTOMOTIVE / CAR CARE

D & L Small Engine Repair
301 Route 286 West
724-639-1330

Emanuel's Auto Repair, Inc.
Nowrytown Road, RD
724-639-9696

Ferguson Glass
731 Church Street,
New Kensington, PA
724-639-8606

Fueland/BP
102 Washington Street
724-639-9776

Gresko Gas and Service
Route 286 East
724-639-0352

Sharer's BP
301 Route 286 West
724-639-3432

Superior Parts of Saltsburg [NAPA]
532 Salt Street
724-639-3508

Testa Automotive
R.R. 3, Box 854
724-639-3812

Tim's Auto Body & Towing
R.R. 3, Box 805
724-639-9522

BUSINESS SERVICES

MEDICAL BILLING & TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES

M&B Medical Billing, Inc.
"Serving Your Medical Billing Needs Nationwide"
Clarksburg, PA
Toll Free: 866-720-1214

PRINTING

Power Graphics
825 Salt Street
724-639-9527

www.saltsburg.org

COMPUTER / INTERNET

INTERNET SERVICES

ASDM Online
Local Area Dial-up Access, Web Hosting
P.O. Box 212,
724-639-9990

CENLYT Productions-ms designs
Web Site Design, Web Site Hosting, e-commerce, Graphics & Media Design, and more.
Solutions that REACH MORE PEOPLE!

Digital Concepts Computer Sales and Service
2921 SR 286
724-698-5650

ENTERTAINMENT

RESTAURANTS / TAVERNS

Fox's Pizza
616 Salts Street
724-639-0388

Mama P's Pizza
607 Salt Street
724-639-9797
Mon-Thu 10pm-9:30pm
Fri & Sat 10amm-10pm
Sun 3pm-9:30pm

GG's Gourmet Cafe
Bakery ~ Delicatessen
512 Salt Street
724-702-0194
M-F 6:00 am-3:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Sun CLOSED

Marchitelli's Kiski Valley Inn
Route 981 North
R.R. 3, Box 9
724-639-9466

The Olde Salt Restaurant
213 Salt Street
724-639-9293

Point Street Tavernt
117 Point Street
724-702-0370

Saltsburg Inn
617 Salt Street
724-639-9057

REALMS OF CATERING'S ROADSIDE EATERY
2895 State Route 380 At Routes 286 & 380
724-219-9803

Saltsburg Subway
301 Route 286 West
724-639-1330

Tony's Dog House
Rt 981 Avonmore Crossroads
724-697-4043
Mon-sat 10:30am-6:00pm

www.saltsburg.org

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ACCOUNTING / TAXES

Brian J. Shirley
Certified Public Accountant
305 Slate Street
724-639-3900

H&R Block
Dianna G. Ackerman
307 Point Street
724-639-3913

BANKING

S&T Bank
602 Salts Street
724-639-9100

INSURANCE

Mark C. Cable Insurance
210 Washington Street
724-639-9793

GIFTS & SPECIALTY SHOPS

ANTIQUES

Canal Country Cupboard
202 Point Street
Wed-Sat, 10-3 or call Carol at 724.468.3957.

Cornerstone Gardens & Greenhouse
P.O. Box 113,
Clarksburg, PA 15725
724-639-3337

Town & Country Antiques
216 Cunkleman Road
724-639-9374

FLORISTS

Barb's Floral Design
Special Occasion Florals
724-639-3431 or 724-639-1050
vqw314@yahoo.com

Fancy Floral Boutique
533 Salt Street
724-639-8413

Saltsburg Floral
A Full Service Florist
233 Washington Avenue
724-639-9522 or 1-800-590-4799

HEALTH & FITNESS

CHIROPRACTOR

Laurel Valley Chiropractic Clinic
601 Salt Street
724-639-3117

DENTIST

John Tollari, DMD
307 Point Street
724-639-3399

MEDICAL

Saltsburg Family Health Center
101 9th Street
724-639-3541

Saltsburg Pharmacy
237 Washington Street
724-639-9022

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Keystone Rehabilitation Systems
612 Salt Street
724-639-8300

OTHER

Counseling Wellness of Indiana County, LLC
637 Philadelphia St, Suite 402
Indiana Theater Building
Indiana PA 15701
724-717-6481

HOME IMPROVEMENT

CONTRACTORS

Andree Equipment
R.D. 1
724-639-9809

www.saltsburg.org

Boss Machinery
816R Salt Street
724-639-9384

Building Technology
320 Leech Avenue
724-639-9642

Max Construction Company, Incorporated
P.O. Box 87
724-639-9458

McElhinny Plumbing
P.O. Box 173
Slickville, 15684
724-668-7943

Stan Pizer, General Contractor
242 9th Street
724-639-3146

Tuscano-Maher Roofing, Incorporated
373 Moween Road
724-639-9687

HEATING / AIR CONDITIONING

Berlin's Heating & A/C
R.D. 2
724-639-9774

Fruechtel A/C, Heating & Refrigeration
743 Bell Point Road,
Apollo, PA 15613
724-727-3875

www.saltsburg.org

Shirley Heating & AC
48 Shirley Drive
724-639-3977

MATERIALS & SUPPLIES

The Lumber Store and More
R.R. 3, Box 836
724-639-9663

SURVEYOR'S

David E. Lentz, Professional Land Surveyor
P.O. Box 16
New Alexandria, PA 15670
724-639-0086

LAWN & GARDENING

Boden's Lawn Care Saltsburg Pa
724-396-9608

RESTORATION & REPAIR

Dave's Dynamic Restorations
Furniture repair and restoration
700 Canal Street
724-771-7272

HOUSEHOLD GOODS & SERVICES

Fueland/BP
102 Washington Street
724-639-9976

Marshalls Market
3253 State Route 981
724-639-3829
Mon-Fri 6:00am-8:00pm
Sat & Sun 7:00am-8:00pm

Saltsburg Beverage
405 Leech Avenue
724-639-9031

Saltsburg Shop 'N Save
543 Salt Street
724-639-3637

Sharer's BP
301 Route 286 West
724-639-3432

www.saltsburg.org

Stapleton's Market
401 Route 286 West
724-639-3080

INDUSTRIAL / MANUFACTURING

Breeze Industrial Products
3582 Tunnelton Road
724-639-3571

Winchester Industries
Route 286
724-639-3551

NURSERIES / TREE FARMS

Cornerstone Gardens
R.D. 1, Clarksburg, PA 15725
724-639-3337

www.saltsburg.org

E-Mar Acres Tree Farm
202 Stewart Street
724-639-3610

Susan's Greenhouse
301 Perrysville Road
724-697-5092

PERSONAL CARE

BARBER

All American Barber Shop
222 Point Street
724-639-3610

BEAUTY SALONS

Clips Under The Red Roof
137 Wildwood Drive (Loyalhanna Woodlands)
724-639-8334

Headmasters Salon
603 Salt Street
724-639-9211

Linda Brown's Beauty Salon
516 Salts Street
724-639-9718

Kirstie's Creations
840 Hopewell
724-702-0243

Styling by Charlene
407 Cathedral Street
724-639-9914

www.saltsburg.org

Betty Waugaman Beauty Shop
102 4th Street
724-639-3944

PERSONAL SERVICES

DAY CARE

Happy Hearts Home Daycare
Loyalhanna Woodlands
724-541.3051

Hopewell Child Care Center
233 Leech Avenue
724-639-9509

DRY CLEANING

Master Cleaners
623 Market Street
724-639-9410

PARTY PLANNING

Home & Garden Party
with Betty J. Shinsky
126 Bortz Road
724-668-7174
shinsky@alltel.net
www.homeandgardenparty.com

FUNERAL HOMES

Curran Funeral Home, Inc.
701 Salt Street
724-639-3911

SENIOR CENTER

Saltsburg Senior Citizens Center
212 Point Street
724-639-9055

POINTS OF INTEREST

Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum
105 Point Street

RECREATION / SPORTS

GOLF COURSES

Country Meadows Golf Course
R.D. 1, Clarksburg, PA 15725
724-639-97999

SPORTING GOODS / RENTALS

Bee's Guns
R.D. 3
724-639-9707

www.saltsburg.org

Full Draw Archery
418 Leech Avenue
724-639-9572

Saltsburg Kayak & Canoe Outfitters
111 Market Street
724-252-8520

Saltsburg River & Trail
4402 State Route 981
Avonmore, PA 15618
724-639-1314

Simpson's Taxidermy Studio & Bait Shop
R.D. 3, Box 75T
724-639-9567

Two Dam Kayak Rentals
3253 State Route 981
724-541-7447 or 724-702-0155
Daily Dawn until Dusk

VIDEO RENTALS

BUS / MASS TRANSIT

Indiana County Transit Authority

Stewart Bus Line
RD 1, Box 82B, Avonmore, PA 15618

Smith Bus Company
217 Old William Penn Highway, Blairsville, PA 15717
724-459-6930

Westmoreland County Transit Authority
724-834-9282 or 1-800-221-9282
Medical Assistance Transportation: 724-832-2706
ADA Paratransit Service: 724-832-2211 or 1-800-242-2706

LIMOUSINE SERVICE

C. E. Limo
R.R. 3, Box 968
800-222-8898

TAXI

Byers Taxi Service, Inc.
510 Hancock Avenue,
Vandergrift, PA 15690
724-576-5664

TRUCKING / HAULING

Cable Trucking, Incorporated
R.R. 3, Box 968
724-639-9043

MISCELLANEOUS

CONSULTING FIRMS

Wellsite Solutions Gas & Oil Well Consulting
813 High Street
724-639-3058 Fax 724-639-0065

LAUNDROMAT

Salt Street Laundry
Wash & Fold Service
502 Salt Street
724-972-6311

NEWS

Indiana Gazette
724-465-5555

www.saltsburg.org

Saltsburg News
300 Point Street
724-639-9607

QUARRY

Hoover's Stone Quarry, LLC
3497 Route 981
724-639-9813
8:00-4:30, Monday - Friday

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IMPORTANT LOCAL CONTACT INFORMATION

Saltsburg Borough
320 Point Street
P.O. Box 104
Saltsburg, PA 15681-0104
724-639-9413
salt@comcast.net
Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:00

BOROUGH COUNCIL

Elizabth Rocco, Mayor

Paul Hruska, President
Michelle Jesko,
Larry Jesko
Kathy Muir, Vice-President
Roy "Ed" Ramsden Jr, President pro-tem
Terry D. Cumberledge
Dave Zimmerman

COMMITTEES

CANAL PARK: Michelle Jesko, Chairman, Larry Jesko, Kathy Muir
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Inactive Committee
FINANCE: Paul Hruska, Chairman
Kathy Muir, Co-Chairman
Michelle Jesko, Terry D. Cumberledge
POLICE: Ed Ramsden, Kathy Muir,
Terry D. Cumberledge, Chairman
STREETS, BUILDING & SEWAGE: Ed Ramsden, Co-Chairman,
Kathy Muir,
Dave Zimmerman, Chairman

REPRESENTATIVES

BUILDING PERMITS: Not Assigned
COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS: Not Assigned
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Roy Ramsden Jr.
HARB Board: Larry Jesko
LIBRARY BOARD: Kathy Muir
SALT CENTER: Michelle Jesko

SECRETARY/TREASURER: Christina J. Pemberton
ASSISTANT SECRETARY:

SOLICITOR: Wayne Kablack - Simpson, Kablack & Bell, Indiana, PA.
BOROUGH ENGINEER, Gibson-Thomas Engineers

Chief of Police

BOROUGH CREW
Robby Kelly
Don Kelly, Sewage Plant Consultant

TAX COLLECTOR:
Donna Rasperger
715 Salt Street
724-639-9272
Hours: Call for appoitment

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COST OF LIVING
Taxes and Fees

2010 Census Information

REAL ESTATE TAXES

Saltsburg Borough: 12.2 mils
Indiana County: 19.83 mils
Blairsville-Saltsburg Schools: 159.1 mils

PER CAPITA TAXES

Saltsburg Borough: $5.00
Indiana County: $5.00
Blairsville-Saltsburg Schools: $5.00 Act 511 & $5.00 Act 679

INCOME TAXES

Saltsburg Borough: .5 percent
Blairsville-Saltsburg Schools: .75%

MISCELLANEOUS TAXES

Saltsburg Borough: Occupation - 20 mils ($2.00 annually)

FEES - BILLED QUARTERLY

Sewage: $60.00 per month (residential)

Water: $61.79 first 3,000 gallons plus $8.57 per thousand gallons thereafter, plus $1.00 capacity surcharge.

Refuse Collection: $32.00 or $38.00 per quarter depending on number of bags. (Residential pick up Thursday nights)

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AREA SERVICES

EMERGENCY SERVICES

POLICE
(Local and State) 911
(State only) 724-357-1960
FIRE-AMBULANCE
911

UTILITIES

Allegheny Power
1-800-255-3443

www.saltsburg.org

Comcast Cable
1-888-COMCAST

Dominion Peoples
1-800-764-0111

Bankosh Sanitation, LLC
724-461-4185

Saltsburg Sewage
724-639-9413

Verizon
Residential Service:
1-800-483-4000
Commercial Service:
1-800-483-5000

Water-MAWC
1-888-467-8047

COMMUNITY SERVICES

SALTSBURG FREE LIBRARY
Sschoolhouse Square

SALTSBURG FOOD BANK
Community Building
3rd Thursday of every month, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Herb Society of Historic Saltsburg

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SCHOOLS

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15701
724-357-2230, 800-442-6830

The Kiski School
1888 Brett Lane
724-639-3586

www.saltsburg.org

Saltsburg Area Schools
84 Trojan Lane
724-639-3547

SPIRITUAL

Faith Alliance Church of Saltsburg
820 Wood St.
724-910-0513

Saltsburg Baptist Church
2821 State Route 286
724-639-9232

www.saltsburg.org

Saltsburg Presbyterian Church
517 Salt Street
724-639-9814

United Methodist Church
813 Salt Street
724-639-9454

Sons of Zebedee Lutheran Church
422 Salt Street
724-639-3411

Trinity United Presbyterian Church
Clarksburg, PA 15725
724-639-3622

Saint Matthews Church
703 Indiana Avenue
724-639-3690

NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES

Armstrong Township

Avonmore Borough

Blairsville Borough

Cherry Tree Borough

Clymer Borough

Homer City Borough

Indiana Borough

Indiana County