Remembering Crawford County: Pennsylvania's Last Frontier
When George Washington ventured into northwestern Pennsylvania in
1753 to confront the French, he discovered an untouched land of
extensive, rich meadows Pennsylvania's last frontier.
Thirty-five years later, the first group of settlers moved into the
territory, where they encountered western tribes of Native
Americans and vicious battles over land claims. As the wake of the
Industrial Revolution swept away any vestiges of the frontier,
Crawford County became an island of capitalism at the edge of the
wilderness. In "Remembering Crawford County," historian
Robert D. Ilisevich has collected the best of his historical essays
to look at the happenings that helped advance a community and how
they influenced national events.