Introduction to Indiana, Pennsylvania
Indiana, Pennsylvania, in Indiana county, is 46 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The area was named Indiana after the newly formed Indiana Territory. Formerly leading industry had been coal mining. The history of the county of Indiana traces back to 1727 when a trading post was established for the Indians near the town of Shelocta. The trading post was set up by a French Huguenot trader, James LeTort. The borough of Indiana is also nicknamed the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World," because at one time, a number of Christmas trees were cultivated in the area.
Indiana and Nearby Attractions
- Blue Spruce County Park
- Jimmy Stewart Museum
- Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
- Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
- Johnstown Inclined Plane
- Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Things To Do In Indiana
Museums such as the Portage Station Museum and Windber Coal Heritage Center may be visited. The Jimmy Stewart Museum, which is near Indiana, exhibits the Hollywood career and hometown history of Jimmy Stewart. There are several parks and recreational areas including Keystone State Park, Blue Knob State Park, Laurel Ridge State Park, and Yellow Creek State Park. Activities like fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking may be enjoyed in these parks. People participate in local festivals like the Jimmy Stewart Festival Week and the Indiana County Fair.
Air transportation is available at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
Indiana Higher Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is situated in Indiana. Colleges and universities nearby include Westmoreland County Community College, California University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Vincent College.