Saltillo, Pennsylvania

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Saltillo is a borough in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 343 at the 2000 census.



Saltillo was a major tanning center during the late 18th and early 19th century. The Leas and McVitty Tannery was located here, a tannery known for quality hides. The main line of the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company was built through Saltillo in 1874. The railroad serviced the tannery as well as a short lived iron mine and an equally short lived limestone quarry, both just southeast of town. Saltillo was an important place on the EBT acting as a base station for the long grade up to Broad Top Mountain. The EBT had a three track yard, a station, a water thank and a turning wye located here. Just after the turn of the 20th century a large Ganister quarry was established above Saltillo on Jacks Mountain by Mount Union Referactories (later United States Refractories and North American Refractoreis) to supply their plant in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. In 1942 a spur was built from the EBT yard in Saltillo which climbed the mountain to a tipple below the quarry. The branch was the steepest track on the EBT and remained in service until the line closed in 1956. The quarry continued to operated into the 1970s, serviced by trucks. Saltillo was also the location of a grist mill which still exists at the southwest edge of town.

The EBT tracks on Sailtillo are still in place. The water tank was burned by vandals in the late 1980s and the station was demolished in the mid 2000's after being allowed to deteriorate to deplorable condition.

In the late 1990s the skeleton of a mastodon was discovered near Sailtillo and it was excavated by a team from Penn State University.


Saltillo is located at 40°12′39″N 78°00′20″W / 40.210859°N 78.005678°W / 40.210859; -78.005678.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 343 people, 135 households, and 100 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,112.6 people per square mile (427.2/km2). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 493.1/sq mi (189.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.13% White, 0.58% African American, and 0.29% from two or more races.

There were 135 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.01.

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