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Crawford County

The County of Crawford, with its county seat in Meadville, lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally inhabited by the Iroquiois and other Native American tribes, the land was later obtained by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and then resold to settlers.   Pennsylvania awarded portions of land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus.  The county was created in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named to honor Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero who was also a close friend of George Washington.

Many well-known citizens were born or resided in Crawford County; among them are Colonel Edwin Drake, driller of the first oil well; John Brown, slavery abolitionist; Ida Tarbell, Lincoln historian; Maxwell Anderson, playwright; W.H. Andrews, former New Mexico governor; Henry Baldwin, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Amos Densmore, inventor of the typewriter; Clark Gable, movie actor; General Mark Clark, of World War II fame; Reverend Timothy Alden, Allegheny College founder; General George Cullum, military engineer of the Civil War; Raymond Shafer, first Commonwealth governor from northwestern Pennsylvania; Clarence Darrow, famed Pennsylvania lawyer; and William McKinley, U.S. President.

Crawford County was home to The Pennsylvania Farmer publication, the first northern newspaper west of the Allegheny Mountains, and the Chatauquan Magazine in later years; it also played host to the invention of straw paper and the eradication of Bangs disease and Bovine Tuberculosis.  The second training school for nurses in Pennsylvania was established at City Hospital in 1888.  Most notably, John Wilkes Booth allegedly forecast the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by scratching words on his hotel window in Meadville.  The primary election now widely used was first invented and used in Crawford County in 1842.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Crawford 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 Crawford County often need the assistance of a good Pennsylvania lawyer is that of DUI (driving under the influence).  In Pennsylvania, lawyers refer to DUI/DAI cases in several different ways:  drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while impaired (DWI) or the more recent term driving after imbibing (DAI).  Pennsylvania lawyers stand ready to assist clients accused of drunk driving so they can learn the various complexities of the law as it applies to their specific cases.  Nobody should face this stressful, high-stakes issue alone!

Being arrested for violating Pennsylvania laws governing drunk driving will bring about not just one case, but two.  In the court proceedings, the accused defendant faces a wide array of possible consequences, among them financial penalties, mandatory alcohol education programs, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time.  Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) will initiate separate proceedings to revoke the driver’s license.

Pennsylvania has a strict, no-nonsense stance against driving under the influence of drugs.  This “per se” law means that if an arrestee has any measurable level of certain drugs in their blood, they will be punished as harshly as if they had the highest level of alcohol content in their system.  A qualified Pennsylvania lawyer may be able to help negotiate the best results possible for clients accused of this offense.

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 Crawford County:



  • Blooming Valley
  • Cambridge Springs
  • Centerville
  • Conneaut Lake
  • Conneautville
  • Cochranton
  • Hydetown
  • Linesville
  • Saegertown
  • Spartansburg
  • Springboro
  • Townville
  • Venango
  • Woodcock


  • Athens Township
  • Beaver Township
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Cambridge Township
  • Conneaut Township
  • Cussewago Township
  • East Fairfield Township
  • East Fallowfield Township
  • East Mead Township
  • Fairfield Township
  • Greenwood Township
  • Hayfield Township
  • North Shenango Township
  • Oil Creek Township
  • Pine Township
  • Randolph Township
  • Richmond Township
  • Rockdale Township
  • Rome Township
  • Sadsbury Township
  • South Shenango Township
  • Sparta Township
  • Spring Township
  • Steuben Township
  • Summerhill Township
  • Summit Township
  • Troy Township
  • Union Township
  • Venango Township
  • Vernon Township
  • Wayne Township
  • West Fallowfield Township
  • West Mead Township
  • West Shenango Township
  • Woodcock 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.

  • Adamsville
  • Atlantic
  • Canadohta Lake
  • Conneaut Lakeshore
  • Fredericksburg
  • Geneva
  • Guys Mills
  • Harmonsburg
  • Hartstown
  • Lincolnville
  • Pymatuning Central
  • Pymatuning North
  • Pymatuning South
  • Riceville

Other localities

Like census-designated places, these have no official jurisdiction, but unlike census-designated places, these have no official role in other ways either. They are simply locations with traditional names.

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