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2014-11-21 / Business

CAMBRIA COUNTY

Founded on March 26, 1804, from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon and Somerset counties, Cambria County boasted a population of 143,679 at the conclusions of the latest Census. Its county seat is in Ebensburg – a borough laden with a law industry that is driven by the Cambria County Courthouse.

Johnstown, the only city in the county, is known for the many floods that severely damaged the area on several occasions. A wall of water which some say was 60 feet high came out of the Little Conemaugh River Valley on May 31, 1889 and crashed into the city of Johnstown. The center of the city was mostly destroyed and thousands were killed.

Subsequents floods in1894, 1907, and 1924 followed, with the biggest flood of the first half of the 20th century occurring on St. Patrick’s Day in 1936. It also reached Pittsburgh, where it was known as the Great Pittsburgh Flood of 1936. The most recent flood occurred on July 19, 1977, when a severe thunderstorm dropped 11 inches of rain in eight hours on the watershed above the city and the rivers began to rise. By dawn, the city was under water that reached as high as 8 feet. Seven counties including Cambria were declared a disaster area.

Cambria County is also home to the steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world – located in Johnstown. The county is also the second largest potato producer in the entire state.

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS:
1. Conemaugh Health System
2. State Government
3. Federal Government
4. Cambria County
5. WalMart Associates
6. Saint Francis University
7. Concurrent Technologies Corp.
8. Conemaugh Health
Initiatives Inc.
9. American Red Cross
Blood Services
10. University of Pittsburgh
at Johnstown

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