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Cambria County

Cambria County was formed on March 26, 1804 from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties and was named after the country of Wales.  The first permanent settlers known in Cambria County, PA settled there in 1771.  In 1796, a Welsh colony settled where the county seat of Ebensburg now stands.    Ebensburg was selected as the county seat through a special Act on March 29, 1805.

The county has been a major attraction for tourists since the nineteenth century, thanks in no small part to its majestic mountains and cool, clean air.  Visitors still journey to Cambria County for both its rich history and opportunities for fun.  Not only do the mountains offer fantastic scenes of splendor for tourists to take in, the county also provides a tremendous industrial and social heritage to be taken in, along with modern amenities like entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities, and fine accommodations.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Cambria County specialize in various niches of the law, including areas like bankruptcy law, employment law, personal injury law, immigration, family law, medical malpractice law, workers compensation law, and even criminal law.  Criminal law involves, logically enough, crimes committed by one party against another and are broken up into two subsets:  felonies and misdemeanors.  Felonies are larger offenses that typically result in harsher punishments.  Misdemeanors are smaller offenses that yield sentences that are not quite as harsh.  It is recommended that defendants retain one of the many experienced Pennsylvania lawyers practicing criminal law to represent them no matter which type of crime they have been accused of committing.

One common area of law for which Pennsylvania residents in Cambria County often need the assistance of a good Pennsylvania lawyer is that of mesothelioma/asbestos law.  Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure–and is quite a hot topic in Pennsylvania law, and consequently for Pennsylvania lawyers.  Malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs–most commonly in the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, though it can also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or the tunica vaginalis.

Most asbestos exposure occurs on job sites where individuals inhale asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways.  For instance, washing the clothes of a family member who has worked with asbestos can also put that person at risk for developing mesothelioma.  Unlike with lung cancer, smoking is not known to cause mesothelioma, but it can greatly increase the risk of other asbestos-induced cancer.  Under Pennsylvania law, compensation via asbestos lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma-related cases.

The first symptoms of mesothelioma can actually go undetected for 20 to 50 years after actual asbestos exposure.  Some symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural spaces.  Typical symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity).  In some cases, there can be further symptoms such as bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever.  If the cancer spreads beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.  Many Pennsylvania residents who find themselves victims of mesothelioma initiate lawsuits via their Pennsylvania lawyers.

Pennsylvania law provides for four types of incorporated municipalities:  cities, boroughs, townships, and, rarer cases, towns.  Below are listed the cities, boroughs and townships located in Cambria County:



  • Ashville
  • Brownstown
  • Carrolltown
  • Cassandra
  • Chest Springs
  • Cresson
  • Daisytown
  • Dale
  • East Conemaugh
  • Ebensburg
  • Ehrenfeld
  • Ferndale
  • Franklin
  • Gallitzin
  • Geistown
  • Hastings
  • Lilly
  • Lorain
  • Loretto
  • Nanty-Glo
  • Northern Cambria
  • Patton
  • Portage
  • Sankertown
  • Scalp Level
  • South Fork
  • Southmont
  • Summerhill
  • Tunnelhill
  • Vintondale
  • Westmont
  • Wilmore


  • Adams Township
  • Allegheny Township
  • Barr Township
  • Blacklick Township
  • Cambria Township
  • Chest Township
  • Clearfield Township
  • Conemaugh Township
  • Cresson Township
  • Croyle Township
  • Dean Township
  • East Carroll Township
  • East Taylor Township
  • Elder Township
  • Gallitzin Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Lower Yoder Township
  • Middle Taylor Township
  • Munster Township
  • Portage Township
  • Reade Township
  • Richland Township
  • Stonycreek Township
  • Summerhill Township
  • Susquehanna Township
  • Upper Yoder Township
  • Washington Township
  • West Carroll Township
  • West Taylor Township
  • White Township

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law, but are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau in order to compile demographic data.  Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, are sometimes categorized here as well.

  • Beaverdale-Lloydell
  • Belmont
  • Colver
  • Elim
  • Salix-Beauty Line Park
  • Spring Hill
  • St. Michael-Sidman
  • Vinco

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