Kittanning, Pennsylvania

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Kittanning (pronounced /kɪˈtænɪŋ/) is a borough and the county seat of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania in the United States.[1] It is situated 44 miles (71 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, along the east bank of the Allegheny River. The name means "at the great stream" in the Delaware (Native American) language. The borough and its bridge were used as a setting for several recent films.

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History

The borough is located on the east bank of the Allegheny River, founded on the site of the eighteenth-century Native American village of Kittanning at the western end of the Kittanning Path. In 1756, the village was destroyed by John Armstrong, Sr. at the Battle of Kittanning during the French and Indian War. During the attack, a blast from the explosion of gunpowder stored in Captain Jacobs's house was heard in Pittsburgh, 44 miles away.

Early in the 20th century, it had large iron and steel works, foundries, coal mines, glassworks, flour and lumber mills, china, pottery, brick, lime, and clay works, mirror and typewriter factories, breweries, etc.

In 1900, 3,902 people lived in Kittanning, and in 1910, there were 4,311 inhabitants. After Kittanning merged with Wickboro, an estimated 10,000 residents lived in Kittanning in 1914. In 1930, there were 7,808 residents; in 1940, 7,550. The population was 4,787 at the 2000 census. Kittanning is the county seat of Armstrong County.[1]

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