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Adams Twp Communities & Adjacent Independent Boroughs
Krayn (Sautertown)
Sidman (Lovette)
St. Michael

Additional important links below



Adams Township was created January 5, 1870, from Richland Township. It was named for a pioneer family by that name. 

The most famous landmark of Adams Township is the site of the South Fork Dam. The dam was originally constructed on South Fork Creek in 1840 to help supply water for the Pennsylvania Canal. It was completed in 1852, and was reportedly the world's largest earthen dam. It covered 420 acres and held 480 million cubic feet of water.  For many years it remained unused and was sold in 1879 to Benjamin F. Rupp, who organized the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. At that time, repairs were made to the dam wall, but in doing so the discharge pipes were covered over.

On the afternoon of May 31, 1889, the dam burst as a result of exceptionally heavy rains, and there were released approximately 4,500,000,000 gallons of water which rushed down the course of South Fork Creek and on through the Conemaugh Valley to cause the disastrous Johnstown Flood of 1889.

Initially lumbering was the primary heavy industry in the area. By early in the 20th century mining of bituminous coal had become prominent in such communities as Beaverdale, Dunlo, and St. Michael.

Farming has always been a major business of the township with the communities of Elton and Salix, (originally "Adamsburg") serving as marketing centers.

 Adams Twp.Cemeteries
Caroff Cemetery
Corpus Christi Cemetery
Dunlo United Methodist Cemetery
Dunmyer Cemetery
Hoffman Cemetery
Horner Cemetery
Kring Cemetery No. 1
Kring Cemetery No. 2
Leffler Cemetery
Mt. Hebron Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Reighard Cemetery
Salix Evangelical Church Cemetery
Shetler Cemetery
Sidman (Lovett Station) Cemetery
Ss. Peter & Paul Bysantine Church Cemetery
St.Michael Cemetery
Stull Cemetery

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Other Useful Adams Twp Links

*NOTE*  Adams; Adams-Summerhill; Forest Hills; Triangle Area & Beaverdale Schools, Historical Photos, Yearbooks, Class pictures, etc. may now be found on the  CAMBRIA SCHOOLS PAGES 

ADAMS  Twp. Map - 1890

ADAMS  Twp. Map - US Geological Survey Map

ADAMS  Twp. Churches

The "Official" Adams Townhip Government and Administrative Web Site

The Forest Hills Schools District Web Site

Cambria County Library
248 Main St.,  Johnstown, PA 15901-1677
(814) 536-5131
Library's Services

Cambria County Courthouse
200 S. Center St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931-1936
(814) 472-5440
(800) 540-2525

Cambria County "Home"
Laurel Crest Manor.
249 Manor Drive
Ebensburg, PA, 15931-4917
(814) 472-8100

Pennsylvania Vital Records
Birth, Death and Divorce Records


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