Linesville
Borough
Nickname: Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Crawford County
Coordinates 41°39′23″N 80°25′28″W / 41.65639°N 80.42444°W / 41.65639; -80.42444
Area 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
Population 1,155 (2000)
Density 1,510.4 / sq mi (583 / km2)
Founded 1824
Mayor Christopher Seeley (D)
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Area code 814
Location of Linesville in Crawford County
Location of Linesville in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Linesville is a borough in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,155 at the 2000 census. The town gets its name from its founders, which included William Line (the grandson of a Swiss immigrant), who migrated from Carlisle, Pennsylvania circa the early 1820s,[1] and his relative, Amos Line who was the town's surveyor and main proprietor.[2][3] Amos Line "penetrated the western Pennsylvania wilderness as a member of the Pennsylvania Population Company in the early 1800s."[4]

Brief history

According to the town's history, Linesville was settled by Amos Line,[5] who was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. "Line established a mill at the site in 1820. The village was laid out in 1825. It was first known as Line's Mills, but the name was changed to Linesville Station in 1864. It was not known as Linesville until 1883. It was incorporated from Pine Township on March 22, 1862."[6]

Geography

Linesville is located at 41°39′23″N 80°25′28″W / 41.65639°N 80.42444°W / 41.65639; -80.42444 (41.656489, -80.424430)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop. %
1870 434
1880 550 26.7%
1890 552 0.4%
1900 661 19.7%
1910 833 26.0%
1920 1,015 21.8%
1930 963 5.1%
1940 1,150 19.4%
1950 1,246 8.3%
1960 1,255 0.7%
1970 1,265 0.8%
1980 1,198 5.3%
1990 1,166 2.7%
2000 1,155 0.9%
2010 1,040 10.0%
Est. 2012 1,022 1.7%
Sources:[8][9][10]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,155 people, 470 households, and 306 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,510.4 people per square mile (586.8/km ). There were 501 housing units at an average density of 655.2 per square mile (254.5/km ). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.23% White, 0.69% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.26% Asian, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 470 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $30,938, and the median income for a family was $34,038. Males had a median income of $31,296 versus $21,719 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,534. About 9.4% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Linesville is within the Conneaut School District and is home to the district's administration offices, along with Alice Shafer Elementary and Linesville Junior-Senior High School.

Points of interest

There are several points of interest throughout the town, chiefly Pymatuning Lake and the Linesville Spillway. In warm weather, the spillway on the sanctuary (eastern) side is home to thousands of oversized carp, attracted by the bread thrown into the water by visitors; this is known as "The Place Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish", coined by local businessman Alpine Maclaine. The Spillway is locally billed as "Pennsylvania's second most popular tourist attraction, after the Liberty Bell" and the logo of the Linesville Volunteer Fire Department is, in fact, a duck standing on the back of a fish.[citation needed]

Pymatuning Lake is also said to be the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania. It was created in the 1930s as a Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project. Linesville is also home to the University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.

Linesville is the birthplace of noteworthy traveler Winfield Line (Amos Line's great-great-grandson) who, in 1922-23 with his brother Francis, hiked/hitchhiked through every state in the Union. This pair of brothers later wrote a book entitled Foot by Foot Through the USA, A High Adventure Odyssey To Every State in the Union, which chronicled their journey.[4]

Another minor point of interest is at the main intersection of the town (at its sole traffic light). On the Maclaine Building at the northwest corner is a sign reading "<==CHICAGO: 500 miles NEW YORK: 500 miles==>" (the true midpoint between the two is actually about a mile west).[11]


At one time, Linesville was the onion capital of the United States, distributing its fragrant produce via the Erie & Pittsburgh Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad.[4]

.

Linesville made national news in November 2005 when 18-year-old Christopher Seeley was elected mayor, one of the youngest mayors to serve in a U.S. city to date.

Notable people

Linesville is the hometown of Michael Barnes, Anthony Armstrong, and Randy Armstrong of the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band RED. Linesville High School graduate Shawn Fleek is now a nationally touring stand-up comedian and writer for television.[12] Linesville High School graduate Dr Matthew Frank Stevens, FRHistS. is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society[13] (United Kingdom), a leading historian of the social and economic history of the British Isles in the medieval period, and author of Urban Assimilation in Post-Conquest Wales, 1282-1350 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010).

References

  1. ^ Warner Beers and Company (Ed.). (1886). History of Cumberland and Adams counties, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Warner Beers & Company. Page 462
  2. ^ "Linesville, Pennsylvania Borough Information". US-PA: ePodunk. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Linesville History". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. 2002-09-01. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  4. ^ a b c http://www.envisionlinesville.org/Route6/Documents/USRt6_MuseumVC_MasterPlan_FINALrev02.pdf
  5. ^ "Biofiles.us". Pa-files.biofiles.us. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Linesville". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ DeLeon, Clark (2004). Pennsylvania Curiosities. Globe Pequot. p. 229. ISBN 0-7627-3039-0. 
  12. ^ Fleek, Shawn. "Mental State Department". About MSD. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  13. ^ "(RHS)". Royal Historical Society. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 

External links

Panoramio Photos