Claysburg, PA in Blair County Pennsylvania
The first known inhabitants of the Claysburg, PA area were Native Americans. Artifacts were found dating back to the Paleoindian Era, which was over 10,000 years ago towards the end of the Ice Age. Archaeologists made these discoveries at Walter Business Park and near A.P. Green Refractories in Sproul, PA. See photos of the A.P.Green Refractories.
Early settlers to the of the Claysburg area were primarily of Pennsylvania Dutch or German Descent. The town of Claysburg was first settled around 1804 and was named after the famous stateman, Henry Clay. One of the first settlers to live in the town of Claysburg was John Ulrich Zeth. Mr. John Zeth's House built around 1811 sits on the corner of Bedford and Church Streets, and was formerly part of the old Mauk Service Station. See photos of the John Zeth House.
Claysburg was primarily a farming area during the early 1800's. In 1832, Dr. Peter Shoenberger built an iron making furnace. He named the furnance the Sara Furnance after one of his daughters. This furnance was near what is now the town of Sproul, PA. The Sarah Furnance operated until 1882. When the Industrial and Railroad era hit in the 1900's many towns benefited from this. In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad completed the rail lines from Brooks Mills, PA to Imler, PA. connecting the Bedford division to the home rail line. This gave rail service to East Freedom, Claysburg, and Sproul, PA. In 1961 Claysburg was home to the Claysburg Air Force Station. In 1984 the Everett Railroad was moved to Claysburg, PA. Two area businesses, Champion Homes and General Refractories Company, wished to see the rail service resume. The Everett Railroad repaired the 7 miles of track between Brooks Mills and Sproul, PA and started operations on an as needed basis.
Today the town of Claysburg, PA has a population of 3,868 based on the 2010 Census. Claysburg remains a quiet town located near the Blue Knob State Park Mountains, just outside of Altoona,PA. Claysburg, PA is in Blair County. Claysburg has one Elementary school, The Claysburg Kimmel Elementary, located on Elementary Dr. The Claysburg Kimmel High School is located downtown along Bedford Street. The Claysburg Community Park sits along Old Rt 220. The park has a walking track, swings, play area, volleyball nets, basketball court, and is beside the Claysburg Area Little League Field.