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Settled initially as the village of Warren, Apollo is located in a former coal-mining region with a rich history. The area, nestled in the southern region of the county along the Kiskiminetas River, was surveyed and laid out in 1816, but it was not incorporated as the borough of Apollo until 1848. In 1828, the Pennsylvania Canal was completed, strengthening the community’s economy. Within the Roaring Run Recreation Area, trail users can find stone remnants of the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal.


The borough of Dayton, a rural community with a significant Amish presence, was incorporated in 1873. Located close to the Armstrong County/Indiana County line, Dayton is most recognized today as the home of the annual Dayton Fair. The Marshall family played a pivotal role in forming this community. Visitors can learn more about this family and the history of the community at the historic Thomas Hindman Marshall House. 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of Dayton and will feature special events to commemorate this milestone.


Situated in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania along the Allegheny River, Ford City was founded in 1887 by John B. Ford as a company town for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. The community became one of the fastest-growing boroughs in the nation, gaining a population of over 3,000 in ten years. It became a melting pot of European ethnic groups, which is now displayed and celebrated through various community events throughout the year.


Formerly called “Todd’s Town” after the founding family, Freeport was incorporated in 1833 as a free and open port where “no dockage fee will ever be charged to tie up a boat, raft, or barge.” The community was a port on the former Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, which led to significant growth and prosperity. Its location along the Allegheny River and Buffalo Creek and proximity to multiple rail trails makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Originally established as “Kit-HanNe,” meaning “at the great river,” Kittanning is the county seat of Armstrong County. This area was also the site of a pivotal battle during the French and Indian War and later became an important trading center along the Allegheny River. By the early 20th century, the city had developed considerable industry. As of late, Kittanning’s small-town charm has secured it and its iconic Kittanning Citizens Bridge, a through truss bridge, a spot in several films and television series.


Leechburg, located along the Kiskiminetas River, was founded by its namesake, David L. Leech. Incorporated in 1850, it was a prosperous area during the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal construction. Early in the 20th century, it was the site of extensive steel sheet works, foundries, cement plants, and productive coal mines. Leechburg was also the first place where natural gas was used for metallurgy in the United States.


Named after Judge John Parker and incorporated in 1873, Parker is nationally known as the “Smallest City in the USA.” At the height of the oil boom, Parker had a population of 20,000. As of 2019, the population has dwindled to 648. Located along the Allegheny River near the mouth of the Clarion River, this city is a wonderful retreat for those seeking a peaceful escape from urban living.