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[This is a reproduction of a brochure available to those who visit Shanksville and the crash site.]

drawing of covered bridge


Three friendly communities in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Somerset County in Southwestern Pennsylvania


Whether you're just passing through or planning to stay awhile, we welcome you to Shanksville Borough, Stonycreek Township, and Indian Lake Borough -- three communities in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in east-central Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

We are an old community with permanent settlements dating to the 1760's. German and English-speaking farm families from Eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland were drawn here by an abundant supply of timber, the power of rushing streams, and the fertile farm lands known as the "Glades." Later, the development of coal fields drew more residents to our area.

The town of Shanksville dates to 1798 when its founder, Christian Shank, built a mill on the Stonycreek River. Slowly a town grew around the mill site until there was a blacksmith shop, several general stores, wagon shops, a pottery, churches, a school, and even a hotel. The tradesmen who established homes here became known for their fine work in masonry and wood. With the coming of the automobile age, much business was lost to the larger towns, though Shanksville maintained its identity as a friendly, safe place to raise a family. Today's population stands at 245.

In surrounding Stonycreek Township, small villages grew up at other mill sites, near churches, and along the historic "turnpikes" which we now know as US Route 30 and 31. Many of the township's 2200 residents live in the little hamlets of Roxbury, Brotherton, Lambertsville, Buckstown, Downey, Boone, and Reels Corner. The Pennsylvania Turnpike crosses the town- ship, entering at the west portal of the Allegheny Tunnel.

Much of the township's 62.5 square miles are located at elevations of 2200 feet or higher, making for mild summers and cold, snowy winters. In the early spring you will find many people tapping maple trees to produce syrup and sugar. Opening day of trout fishing season is a big event along the Stonycreek and its tributaries. Kayakers are also drawn to the Stonycreek, especially to the rapids below Shanksville.

Summer finds many area residents enjoying the water at Lake Stonycreek and Indian Lake, two privately-owned, man-made lakes. Indian Lake Borough, with a population of 450, encompasses a 750-acre lake built in 1963, an 18-hole public golf course, as well as an 18-hole private course, a hotel, and a restaurant. The borough, incorporated in 1966, offers its residents police protection. municipal water services, and the security of planning and zoning ordinances.

Places of natural and man-made beauty abound in the area, including the falls on Lambert Run, The Big Rock near Allegheny Mountain, the Glessner Covered Bridge, the Seven Mile Stretch on the historic Lincoln Highway (Route 30) and many scenic drives through farm country. The adventuresome shopper may find antiques, crafts, and hunting and fishing supplies. Travelers can also purchase plants, baked goods, and fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Stonycreek Township maintains the "Community Grove" adjacent to Shanksville, a place for picnicking, tennis, volleyball, baseball, and walking in the woods.

Autumn brings hunters to the area in search of game birds, wild turkey, black bear, and white-tailed deer. Winter sports enthusiasts find ample places to cross-country ski and easy drives to the world- class ski resorts elsewhere in the county. Watching and participating in high school sports is a popular pastime for many. The area's churches, its many community organizations for youth and adults, and the school all offer numerous programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment.

Today, area residents find employment in coal mining, the lumber industry, health care, construction, agriculture, tourism, state and local government and manufacturing, with many traveling to jobs in nearby Somerset and Johnstown, where quality higher education is also available. Pittsburgh is an easy two hour drive and Washington D.C. can be reached in about three hours.

Our community is a nice place to visit and a good place to call home. You're welcome any time. . .


Shanksville Volunteer Fire Company
Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
American Legion Post 911
Senior Citizens-Silver and Gold Club
Somerset County Farm Women
(Societies 4, 11 and 12)
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
Brotherton Belles & Beaus 4-H Club
Shanksville Little League
Mountain Field and Stream Club


Assembly of God
Lambertsville Road, Shanksville, PA 15560
Worship 10:45 am
Mission Statement:
Celebrate, Educate and Demonstrate

Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren
Glades Pike Road Route 31 at Brotherton
Worship 10:30 am

Good Shepherd Cooperative Lutheran Ministry
St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church
823 Main St., Shanksville, PA 15560
Worship 10:45 am

St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Route 30 at Buckstown
Worship 9:00 am
Mission Statement:
Serving Christ and Neighbor

Roxbury United Church of Christ
Glades Pike Road Route 31 at Roxbury
Worship 9:00 am

Shanksville United Methodist Church
701 Main St., Shanksville, PA 15560
Worship 10:45 am
Mission Statement:
Reaching out in love and
service with the hands of Christ.

Unity United Church of Christ
Huckleberry Highway Route 160
Worship 10:30 am
Mission Statement:
Seeking to be one in the Spirit


Shanksville-Stonycreek School
1325 Cornerstone Road
Friedens, PA 15541

Shanksville-Stonycreek is a comprehensive school with 500 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12.
Mission Statement: The Shanksville-Stonycreek District will maximize the potential of the whole student in a safe environment and will provide opportunities for all students to become life-long learners and contributing members of a multi-cultural society while wisely using our resources to maintain the unique character of our community.


Camp Allegheny
A United Methodist Church Camp
100 Camp Allegheny Drive
Stoystown, PA 15563
Mission Statement: To Change lives, Renew spirits. Mend hearts and Win souls for Christ.

map showing location of Shanksville
[Map was not part of the brochure but was added for this site.]
[Read resident Donna Glessner's "Who & What is Shanksville?"]

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