Introduction to Clarion, Pennsylvania
Clarion, Pennsylvania is 62 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is in Clarion county and has a populatino of 6,185.
Scotch-Irish and German settlers arrived in the region in 1801, and a settlement was officially established in 1839. The area was named after the Clarion River. On April 6, 1841, the community was officially incorporated as the Borough of Clarion. It later became the seat of Clarion County which was formed on March 11, 1839, from portions of Venango and Armstrong counties. The Clarion area witnessed a rise in population because of its rich natural resources like oil, natural gas, lumber, and coal.
Clarion and Nearby Attractions
- Clear Creek State Park
- Old Economy Historical Site
- Baker Mansion
- Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
- Sutton-Ditz House Museum
Things To Do In Clarion
Every fall, residents of Clarion celebrate the weeklong Autumn Leaf Festival which features various motorcycle and tractor shows, pageants, food vendors, and parades. The Sutton-Ditz House Museum preserves artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the cultural and historical heritage of the region. The 1,500-acre Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is a place of historic interest near Clarion. This site marks the area where the first railroad was built over the Allegheny Mountains. Another popular place to visit is the Old Economy Historical Site which includes the remains of a utopian village established in 1824. Cook Forest State Park, which occupies an area of 6,668 acres on the Clarion River, offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing.
Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.
Clarion Higher Education
Clarion University of Pennsylvania is located in Clarion. Allegheny College, Butler County Community College, Grove City College, and University of Pittsburgh - Titusville are some of the other nearby colleges.