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Clarion County

Clarion County, the 54th county to be created in Pennsylvania, was formed on March 11, 1839 from parts of Venango and Armstrong counties.  The county is named after the Clarion River, as is the county seat town of Clarion.  The Clarion River formerly served as the dividing line between Armstrong and Venango counties.  When the original surveyors camped by the river while surveying for a road, they heard ripples of the water softened by the wall of timber on both sides of the river.  One man said it sounded like a distant clarion. And thus, the river received its name.

The first documented settlement in Clarion County was established in 1801.  These pioneer settlers were predominately Scotch-Irish and German from the state’s older counties.  The county boomed in population and enterprise due mostly to the rise of the iron, lumber, and oil industries.  The iron business declined rapidly after the Civil War as the new steel industry rose to take its place.

Lumbering became a significant business in the county as well, thanks to the large stand of virgin timber in the county. The sawmills provided an alternate livelihood other than farming, since the produced lumber could then be floated to market at Pittsburgh.  Later, larger scale operations took the place of the sawmill operations of earlier days, but the Clarion River continued to provide a way to market.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Clarion 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.

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 Clarion County:


  • Callensburg
  • Clarion
  • East Brady
  • Emlenton
  • Foxburg
  • Hawthorn
  • Knox
  • New Bethlehem
  • Rimersburg
  • Shippenville
  • Sligo
  • St. Petersburg
  • Strattanville


  • Ashland Township
  • Beaver Township
  • Brady Township
  • Clarion Township
  • Elk Township
  • Farmington Township
  • Highland Township
  • Knox Township
  • Licking Township
  • Limestone Township
  • Madison Township
  • Millcreek Township
  • Monroe Township
  • Paint Township
  • Perry Township
  • Piney Township
  • Porter Township
  • Redbank Township
  • Richland Township
  • Salem Township
  • Toby Township
  • Washington Township

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