Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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Stonycreek Township is a township in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,221 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Pittsburgh Tri-State.

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History

What is now Stonycreek Township was settled in 1762. Most old records of it call it Stony Creek. The Township was incorporated in 1792 from portions of Quemahoning Township as the last of the six original townships of Somerset County.

September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Stonycreek Township gained worldwide attention on September 11, 2001, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed here, killing all aboard. Flight 93 was one of four airliners hijacked that day as part of the al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the United States. It is widely held that the Flight 93 hijackers intended to use the craft to destroy the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Most people believe that the crash here instead was a result of a struggle over control of the plane between hijackers and passengers, who learned of the plane's intended fate through cellphone calls to and from family members. The community intends to preserve the Flight 93 crash site as a historical memorial.

Geography

It is located approximately at 40.01°N by 78.88°W, about 3 miles WSW of Indian Lake, Pennsylvania. It is bordered to the north by Shade Township; to the west by Somerset Township; to the south by Brothersvalley Township; and to the east by Allegheney Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 61.4 square miles (159.1 km²), of which, 61.2 square miles (158.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.

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