Commodore, Pennsylvania

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Commodore is a census-designated place (CDP) in Green Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 337 at the 2000 census.



Commodore was founded in 1919 by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad. It was named in honor of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, founder of that railroad. (Vanderbilt was known by the nickname or unofficial rank of Commodore due to his background as a riverboat owner.)

The town was created as a "model town," with a higher caliber of worker housing than other coal mining communities. Houses were constructed of concrete block, not wood. Also, the houses had toilets and the community had a sewer system, which were unusual in comparison to neighboring mining communities.[1]

Streets were named after executives of the coal company: F.E. Herriman (President), John Fisher (Vice President), H.B. Douglas (Assistant to the President), A.J. Musser (General Manager), and H.J. Hinterleitner (General Superintendent). The town and its initial buildings were designed by Paul Gill, an engineer of the coal company.[2]

The community was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Commodore Historic District on August 26, 1994.[3]


Commodore is located at 40°42′38″N 78°56′45″W / 40.71056°N 78.94583°W / 40.71056; -78.94583 (40.710694, -78.945857)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

Commodore is mostly a forest area and very common for hunting.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 337 people, 126 households, and 102 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 438.7 people per square mile (169.0/km²). There were 147 housing units at an average density of 191.3/sq mi (73.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.22% White, 0.59% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

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