Recent Calls
Wed. Oct 7th 2020
Image
Call # 54. 10/7/20.FD Box: 1340 Fire Police 4500 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWP Utility 13 performed traffic control on the Sandy Ridge Mountain due to a disabled tractor trailer. Units operated on scene f...
Wed. Oct 7th 2020
Call # 53. 10/7/20FD Box: 1330 Fire-Vehicle Crash Unk Inj 3000 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWP Engine Rescue 13 & Ambulance 13-2 was alerted for a vehicle crash with unknown injuries on the Tyrone Pike....
Tue. Oct 6th 2020

Call # 52. 10/6/20.Utility 13 and UTV 13 are currently assisting the Bald Eagle Fire Company with a search detail in Blair County.
Mon. Oct 5th 2020
Call # 51. 10/5/20.FD Box: 1330 Fire-Automatic Fire Alarm 309 OAKWOOD DR, RUSH TWP Engine Rescue 13 along with Truck 57 was alerted for an automatic fire alarm in the Linnwood Development. Both units ...
Wed. Sep 30th 2020
Image
Call # 50. 9/30/20.Engine Rescue 13 was alerted to assist the Madera Fire Company with a garage fire on Banion Road. Upon arrival, crew was assigned as the RIT and set up on the address. Our services ...
News Headlines
Sat. Oct 3rd 2020
Image
Engine Rescue 13, Ambulance 13-1 and our 1933 Indiana Pumper attended the Port Matilda Fire Company parade and brought home the Judge's Choice Award, 1st placed Ambulance and 2nd place Engine. Pho...
Fri. Sep 11th 2020
Image
As today winds down to an end, we sit back to remember September 11, 2001. 2,977 people died, 19 years ago, from a senseless act of terrorism. 2,753 at the WTC, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Shankesv...
Sat. Jul 4th 2020
Image
Today, we attended the annual Osceola Mills Firemen's parade and brought home the Chief's Award and 1st place Ambulance! We always enjoy participating in this parade every year! Thank you for ...
Sun. Jun 14th 2020
Gun Raffle Ticket Winners are as follows:1. Henry 44 Mag - Steve Dalghenbaugh2. $100.00 cash - Thomas Sharpless3. $50.00 cash - David HusarThank you to all who purchased!
Sat. Apr 11th 2020
Image
We
are proud to announce we have taken delivery of our 2019 Ford Transit
Demers Type II Ambulance. This Ambulance is replacing our 2009 Ford
E-350. We would like to thank Glick Fire Equipment Co...
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

 

 


© 2020 MOUNTAIN TOP FIRE COMPANY