Recent Calls
Tue. Jan 7th 2020
Call # 2. 1-7-20. Public Service detail for Cub Scouts Pack 43.
Tue. Jan 7th 2020
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1/7/2020. Box 13-30. Call # 1.
Engine Rescue 13 responded for a motor vehicle accident at Tyrone Pike /
Phoenix Rd. Updated report put the accident in the area of the storage
sheds at the 2800 BL...
Mon. Dec 23rd 2019
Call # 62. 12/23/19.FD Box: 1350
Fire-Rescue-Specialized
PUMP STATION LN @ HALE RD, RUSH TWP
Utility 13 and UTV 13 responded to assist PSP and Houtzdale FD with a
search detail. Utility 13 and UTV ...
Sat. Dec 21st 2019
Call # 61. Public Service. Santa Ride around coverage area.
Mon. Dec 2nd 2019
Call # 60. 12/2/19FD Box: 5738
Search Detail
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...
News Headlines
Sun. Jan 19th 2020
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The Mountain Top Fire Company has been approved for a grant through the
PA Office of The State Fire Commissioner in the amount of $11,920.24 for
the fire company and $9,192.44 for the ambulance. T...
Tue. Jan 7th 2020
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We hosted the Cub Scout Pack 43 of West Decatur. A few members went over first aid with the scouts for various emergencies including severe bleeding, heart attack, strokes, snake bites, tick bites, sh...
Fri. Jan 3rd 2020
Our EMS division ended the 2019 year with 411 calls for service. That is down 86 from 2018. Was a very slow year!The Top 5 runner are as follows:
Danielle Demchak - 137 calls
Ben Bush - 122 calls
Shel...
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 ...
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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