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Short History

Robert MacRay opened the first trading post in Raystown (which is now Bedford) on the land that is now Bedford County in 1750. The settlers had a difficult time dealing with raids from Indians and the fighting between the French and the British.

In 1759, after the capture of Fort Duquesne in Allegheny County, a road was built between the fort (which was renamed to Fort Pitt) to the newly built Fort Bedford in Raystown. The road turned from Indian trails, into "Forbes Road", and still later into the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Bedford County was created on March 9, 1771 from part of Cumberland County and named in honor of the Fort Bedford.

The area quickly increased in population once safety became more established. The land with its lush farmland and woodland became an attractive site. It also formed an important center on the way to Pittsburgh and farther west of Pennsylvania. George Washington stayed in the county in response to the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

The Bedford Springs Hotel became an important site for the wealthy. Under President James Buchanan, the hotel became the summer White House. The U.S. Supreme Court met at the hotel once. It was the only time that the high court met outside of the Capital.

The 19th century featured a population boom in the county with the population doubling in size between 1870 and 1890. Railroads passing through the town connected the county with the mining industry. -- Wikipedia.com

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BIOGRAPHIES  Jacob Albright, Charles Bechhoefer, George Ewalt Black, Frederick Border,  Oliver Cromwell Hartley, William Hitechew, David S. James, George W. Moore, William Watson Stiver and Milton Williams.

  Includes July 7, 1899 news for Bedford, Burning Bush, New Enterprise, Point and Shellsburg.






Bedford Township Bloomfield Township Broad Top Township Colerain Township Cumberland Valley Township
East Providence Township East St. Clair Township Harrison Township Hopewell Township Juniata Township
Kimmel Township King Township Liberty Township Lincoln Township Londonderry Township
Mann Township Monroe Township Napier Township Pavia Township Snake Spring Township
South Woodbury Township Southampton Township West Providence Township West St. Clair Township Woodbury Township

Surrounding Counties

Blair County (north)

Huntingdon County (northeast)  

Fulton County (east)

Allegany County, Maryland (southwest)

Somerset County (west)

Cambria County (northwest)

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