Bedford County, Pennsylvania

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Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the population was 49,984. The county seat is Bedford. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Robert MacRay opened the first trading post in Raystown (which is now Bedford) on the land that is now Bedford County in 1750. The settlers had a difficult time dealing with raids from Indians and the fighting between the French and the British.

In 1759, after the capture of Fort Duquesne in Allegheny County, a road was built between the fort (which was renamed to Fort Pitt) to the newly built Fort Bedford in Raystown. This road followed Indian trails and became "Forbes Road" which passed through Bedford and is now Route 30. When the Pennsylvania Turnpike was built, this interstate toll road became the main highway through Bedford County.

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