Introduction to St. Marys, Pennsylvania
St. Marys History
The city was originally a Bavarian Catholic town. The German Catholic Brotherhood of Philadelphia and Baltimore organized themselves to form a colony free from racial and religious persecution. This colony was established in 1842, and the group bought a tract of land in the Shippen District. A new settlement arose which was known as Sanct Marien Stadt or St. Marys, in honor of Mother Mary. By 1860, the basic industries emerges and plans began to develop to have a railroad. The area became a city after including the township of Benzinger in 1992.
St. Marys and Nearby Attractions
- Allegheny National Forest
- Elk Herd Watch
- Bendigo State Park
- Kane Railroad Depot and Museum
- Kinzua Dam
- Fisherman’s Paradise
Things To Do In St. Marys
Several parks in proximity to the city include Elk State Park, Allegheny National Forest, and Bendigo State Park. Decker’s Chapel, America’s smallest chapel is another popular attraction. Kane Railroad Depot and Museum and Robinson Museum are also nearby. Opportunities to play golf are available at The Bavarian Hills Golf Course and St. Marys Country Club. People may participate in sports like archery, volleyball, swimming, and basketball at Luhr, Memorial, Kaulmont, and Benzinger Parks.
St. Marys Transportation
Bradford Regional Airport is located near the city.
St. Marys Higher Education
Colleges near St. Marys include Penn State Dubois, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford campus, and Clarion University.