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Duncansville Borough


Duncansville Borough Hall is located at 1146 Third Avenue, Duncansville PA 16635; phone: 814-695-9548.

Beginnings [1]

Duncansville was founded by Samuel Duncan; at the same time Jacob Walter owned a site to the east called Waltertown; the two met on a bridge spanning Blair Creek and tossed a penny to decide what a common name should be, In the settlement's anonymous days, around 1800, the operations of Old Forge brought it the nickname of Iron Town. Many of its residents, chiefly of Scotch-Irish and German descent, are employed in Altoona's railroad shops.

Farms and woodlands appear alternately in the mountainous region west of Duncansville.

  1. Writers Project, Works Project Administration, Pennsylvania, A Guide to the Keystone State, 1940, Federal Works Agency, John M. Carmody, Administrator
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