Laughlintown, PA

Populated place
Unincorporated area along Route 30

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Photo taken by Brian Manville on May 10, 2022

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Description 

Post office dates: May 16, 1825-Present

Essay 

From CompassInn.org

Established in 1797, Laughlintown, then known as East Liberty, is the second oldest settlement in Westmoreland County and the oldest in Ligonier Valley. The name was changed to Laughlintown in the early 1800s in honor of its founder, Robert Laughlin.

During the French and Indian War in 1758, the British army cut the Forbes Road through what is now Westmoreland County during the campaign to take Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh. The Forbes Road continued to be the primary route through the county during the latter half of the eighteenth century. However, by 1785, the state legislature recognized the need for an improved thoroughfare. They authorized the construction of a state wagon road, or the “State Road”, which ran roughly along modern day Route 30. Also known as the Pennsylvania Road, this route connected Pittsburgh with Philadelphia and was able to accommodate herds of animals in addition to wagons headed west.

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2022: New photo from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photos from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photos from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photos from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photo from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photos from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: New photo from Brian Manville
  • May 12, 2022: Essay added by Brian Manville
  • August 22, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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Laughlintown, PA
Posted May 13, 2022, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, been there. Be back soon, I'm sure. ;-)

Laughlintown, PA
Posted May 12, 2022, by Brian Manville

Please accept my apologies - I had *issues* uploading photos. I was not trying (on purpose) to get my name on this page multiple times.