Recent Calls
Wed. Jan 13th 2021
1/13/21. BOX 13-30Utility 13 performed traffic control duties at the request of PSP Rockview due to a disabled tractor trailer in the 3000 BLK Tyrone Pike, Rush Twp.
Mon. Jan 11th 2021
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Call # 2. 1/11/21.FD Box: 1340Fire-Fire Police4900 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWPCompany 13 provided traffic control on the Sandy Ridge Mountain due to an overturned tractor trailer. Company 13 was reliev...
Mon. Jan 11th 2021
Call # 1. 1/11/21.FD Box: 5711Fire-Dwelling Fire400 N SIXTH ST, PHILIPSBURGEngine Rescue 13 was alerted to assist the Philipsburg Fire Department with a dwelling fire on Sixth Street. Company 13 was p...
Tue. Dec 29th 2020
Crew pumped out a flooded basement.
Mon. Dec 28th 2020
Utility 13 shut down Route 350 southbound due to an accident in the Bald Eagle FD area. Roadway was closed for approximately 1 hour.
News Headlines
Fri. Nov 20th 2020
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Our annual ambulance subscription drive is underway for 2021. Our EMS service does third party billing. Most insurance companies only pay a percentage of the bill and will leave you with a great amoun...
Sat. Oct 3rd 2020
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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
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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
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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!
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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