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Mon. Dec 2nd 2019
Call # 60. 12/2/19FD Box: 5738
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7100 RATTLESNAKE PIKE, RUSH TWP
UTV 13 was requested to assist the Philipsburg Fire Department with a
lost hunter. The lost hunter was found by his part...
Sat. Nov 30th 2019
Call # 59. 11/29/19.FD Box: CLFD 25
Chimney Fire
BANION RD, BIGLER TWP Engine Rescue 13 responded with 7 to assist the Madera Fire Company with a chimney fire with possible extension. Engine Rescue ...
Sat. Nov 16th 2019
Call # 58. 11/16/19Engine Rescue 13 responded to assist the Houtzdale Fire Company with a chimney fire in Woodward Twp. Engine Rescue 13 was placed available prior to arriving on scene as the box was ...
Sun. Nov 3rd 2019
Call # 57. 11/3/19
Engine Rescue 13 was alerted to assist the Philipsburg Fire Department
with a dwelling fire in Rush Twp on Black Moshannon Road. Engine Rescue
13 responded with a crew of 4. Wh...
Sat. Nov 2nd 2019
Call # 56. 11/2/19.
Engine Rescue 13 & Ambulance 13-1 was alerted for a dwelling fire
on Whitetail Way-Decatur Twp., assisting the Columbia Fire Company.
Engine Rescue 13 staged at Drane Hwy ...
News Headlines
Mon. Nov 18th 2019
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Tonight, at our monthly training, members watched videos refreshing on
fire suppression in various fire related incidents. We also refreshed on
our chimney fire tactics.
Tue. Nov 12th 2019
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This past year, the Mountain Top Fire Company, with the assistance from Representative Scott Conklin,
secured a grant in the amount of $10,000 for the fire company to
purchase a back up generator ...
Mon. Nov 11th 2019
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Thank you, Veterans, for serving our great country. God Bless!
Mon. Oct 21st 2019
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Last evening for our monthly training, 10 members completed CPR
training. We were renewed for another two years! Always training to
better serve our community!
Wed. Oct 9th 2019
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Last
evening, Cub Scout Pack 43 of West Decatur attended a Fire Prevention
Presentation/Demonstration at our firehouse. The kids learned about
smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, primary an...
Sandy Ridge History

Sandy Ridge was founded as brickyard town mainly because of the abundant quantity and quality of the clay.  The current Sandy Ridge was originaly made up of Powelton, Retort and Sandy Ridge.  During it's boom era in the early to mid 1900's, there were 2 brickyards, 3 post offices, 3 general stores, school, a shoe store, a movie theatre, and a skate rink.  During it's prime, the Sandy Ridge Brickyard, was producing the most bricks in the country; second only to Star Works of Pittsburgh. Most of the early houses in town were "company houses" which is why most had similar appearances.

In 1879, W.J. Jackson leased a track of land in the area known as Powellton which he continued a coal mining operation. The mine extended into the mountain 1.25 miles which yielded 4400 tons of coal monthly. Mr jackson employed 75-80 men at his year round mine. Also he began manufacturing brick. The "excellant" quality clay was mined about a mile away and was taken to the brick yard by tram. At this time, there were 48 tenements in Powelton. At that time, the village contained the company store, school and church.

 

Sandy Ridge Schoolhouse around 1948.

Sandy Ridge School students approx 1950.

Established in 1866, the Sandy Ridge brick works were established under the name of William R Miller. At the time, it was the most extensive enterprise of its kind, possibly in America. At the beginning of the operation, the daily brick yield was 4000 bricks daily. In August 1881, the 10 kilns were changed to the down draft pattern which yielded 25,000 brick daily and 7,500,000 for the year. This was to be the most of any brick yard in the country second only to Star Works of Pittsburgh. In "Sandy Ridge" at the time, there were 36 tenant houses for the workman. There was also a school, but no church. For worship, residents had to attend the Methodist Episcopal church in neighboring Powelton. Below is an artist rendition of the Sandy Ridge Brickyard.

Retort Brick Yard workers

 

 


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