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America’s First Boast

June 3, 2015


Lawrence Sanata writing for the Herald 8/25/1989 says: Tucked deep inside a cavernous valley with the Allegheny river at the bottom, sets a tiny community that was made famous by millionaires and millers. Today, a new generation of merchants is making a go of it. Long before highways crisscrossed western Pennsylvania, a drive through Emlenton was a necessity for some travelers and a delight for the merchants there. Construction of I80 changed all that, taking some of the luster from the once stately town. Today, Emlenton is best known for the incredibly high bridge on the nearby interstate. But an enterprising and enthusiastic group of people, some from this area, is hoping to steer people back into the tiny town by transforming the historic old Emlenton Mill into a retail center. Just a few years ago, the five story Mill that was built in 1875 and is boasted as America’s first steam powered intact grist Mill was a shabby looking place.

Source: Herald 8/25/1989

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