Altoona is in Blair County, 97 miles out of Pittsburg and is known as “The Mountain City.” The name is said to have come from the Cherokee word allatoona, meaning high lands of great worth. Altoona was founded as a railroad city and has since diversified to different industries. Penn State Altoona bought up many buildings downtown and operates a campus. This has helped to repurpose these historic buildings and bolster the economy. The downtown core with its wonderful landmarks attracts locals and tourists wanting to visit the many shops and restaurants around the city.
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Here’s some cool information and fun facts about Altoona, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Railroad founded the area in 1849 as a site for building railroads and built a maintenance shop there. That year David Robinson sold his farm to the Wright family who named the town Altoona, after spending time with the Cherokee People.
Altoona was a railroad town and as demand grew for new rail and locomotives, the population increase and the town followed suit. In the early 1800s, the PPR had over 15,000 workers and built 7873 locomotive up until 1946. It was incorporated in 1868 as a city.
Today, the total population of this industrial city is 43,364 people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, The racial makeup is:
- 91.5% White
- 2.2% Hispanic
- 3.6% African American
- 0.0% Native American
- 0.2% Asian
The median household income is $40,536.
- MLB pitcher Patt Malone, who played in the World Series 3 times, was born and died in Altoona.
- The worlds oldest roller coaster, Leap The Dips, was built in 1902 and is in Lakemont Park.
- Betty James, the woman who named “The Slinky” was born in Altoona. Her husband Richard was the inventor.
- In 2011, for $25,000, the city changed its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” and kept that moniker for 60 days as a PR stunt to promote a movie of the same name.
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