History of Borough of Osceola Mills, Pa.
From: Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and Representative
By: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Published By Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago
BOROUGH OF OSCEOLA MILLS
Osceola Mills was laid out in 1857 and was incorporated as a borough in 1864. It is located on the banks of
the Moshannon Creek, four miles south of Philipsburg, and six miles east of Houtzdale. The town faces towards the
south and is at the foot of the heavy mountain grade on the Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad. It is the junction
of the Moshannon Branch Railroad with the Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad. The Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad
was extended to the town in 1863, but was not opened for business until January 1, 1864. The railroad station of
the Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad is in Centre county, the Moshannon Creek being the line between the counties
of Centre and Clearfield.
On May 20, 1875, the town was almost wholly destroyed by fire. One and one-half million dollars worth of property
was burned up and nearly all of the inhabitants were rendered homeless. With the aid of contributions by other,
communities and their own energy, the people of Osceola Mills soon recovered from the effects of this conflagration
and on the ruins left by the fire there sprang a new town more beautiful than the old one.
The town has five churches, a weekly newspaper, a national bank, paved streets and electric lights. The industries
consist of two foundries and machine shops, planing-mills and many other smaller industries. There are about fifteen
coal operations in the vicinity of Osceola Mills and on account of its situation at the junction of the Moshannon
Branch with the main line of the Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad a large railroad yard is located near the town,
giving employment to many of the inhabitants of the place.
The Altoona & Philipsburg Connecting Railroad also passes through the town and connects at Philipsburg with
the Beech Creek Railroad.
Osceola Mills is a thriving and progressive town and has a population of about two thousand.
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