The town was named in honor of Dr. Daniel Houtz, of Alexandria, Pa., so often named in this history as owning
a vast number of acres of land in this vicinity, and upon a portion of whose lands the town was projected, and
is situated on the Moshannon Branch Railroad, six miles from Osceola Mills. It was made a borough on the 20th day
of March, 1872. The borough is surrounded with numerous smaller towns, which join up to her limits, so that a stranger
cannot tell where the town begins or ends. For three miles along the railroad the traveler is continuously passing
through towns and villages— Stirling on the east, West Houtzdale on the west, Loraine joining West Houtzdale further
west, and Atlantic joining Loraine still further west, while Brisbin borough’s south line is Houtzdale’s north
The town grew very rapidly from the beginning. The coal surrounding the borough was proven to be the best then,
or now, known, and therefore capital rushed in to secure the prize. As the collieries multiplied, the population
increased and houses went up as if by magic.
A postoffice was granted the borough in 1870, John Brisbin being the first postmaster.
The first church building erected was on the corner of Charles and Clara streets, a union church, but it afterwards
passed into the hands of the Methodist Episcopal society.
At present Houtzdale depends altogether for its business on the mining industry. The timber is all cut in and around
the town, therefore the saw-mills are abandoned. The old mill on the eastern side of the borough, near the Eureka
No. 1 colliery, and which was built by E. N. Conn & Co., in 1868, afterwards sold to Frank, Liveright &
Co., and which cut the major portion of the timber on Dr. Houtz’s land, was destroyed by fire in the summer of
1876. The site of the mill pond is now covered by residences, the Presbyterian church, the railroad repot and business
Houtzdale has seven churches, a national bank, paved streets, a fine water supply, electric plant, a weekly newspaper,
and although the hustling town of Madera is pushing it hard as the center of the coal industry of the county, Houtzdale
still does a large business in connection with the various coal operations in the neighborhood. The people of the
town are energetic, and progressive. The present population is about fifteen hundred.