Recent Calls
Sat. Jul 17th 2021
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Call # 41. 7/17/21.FD Box: 1330Fire-Hazardous Conditions3200 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWPCompany 13 was alerted for hazardous conditions, reported trees and wires down across Tyrone Pike. Brush 13 and Ut...
Fri. Jul 16th 2021
Call # 40. 7/16/21.FD Box: 1310Fire-Alarm Sounding285 STATE ST, RUSH TWPCompany 13 was alerted for a smoke alarm sounding. Engine Rescue 13 responded. Upon arrival, a smoke alarm was found sounding on...
Wed. Jul 14th 2021
Call # 39. 7/14/21FD Box: 1320Fire-Vehicle Fire - Large4200 TYRONE PIKE BLK, RUSH TWPCompany 13 and Columbia Volunteer Fire Company Tanker 22 was alerted for a tractor trailer fire on the Sandy Ridge ...
Thu. Jul 8th 2021
Call # 38. Box 57-33Engine Rescue 13 was alerted to assist Department 57 with a possible dwelling fire, reported washing machine smoking at 1726 Black Moshannon Road in Rush Twp. Engine Rescue 13 was ...
Wed. Jul 7th 2021
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Call # 37. 7/7/21.Box 13-10430 State StreetRush TwpBrush 13 and Engine Rescue 13 handled a tree down on a house. Crew removed the tree off the residence. Company 13 operated for 1 1/2 hours with 10 vo...
News Headlines
Thu. Jul 29th 2021
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Earlier this month the Mountain Top Fire Company was awarded a grant provided by the PA EMS Provider Foundation & Highmark. Today we have received that money and have signed documents purchasing a...
Sat. Jul 24th 2021
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The Mountain Top Volunteers attended the Houtzdale Days Parade this evening and brought home a 1st Place Best Appearing Oldest Motorized for our 1933 Indiana!Apparatus photo credit to Shawn TV
Thu. Jul 8th 2021
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Last evening, Brush 13 traveled to Rebersburg to attend the Miles Township Fire Company Parade and was awarded with Longest Distance Traveled!Apparatus photo credit to Shawn TV!
Sat. Jul 3rd 2021
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The Mountain Top Fire Company attended the 99th Annual Columbia Fire Company Fireman's Parade held on July 3, 2021. Ambulance 13-1, Ambulance 13-2, Brush 13, Utility 13, UTV 13, Engine Rescue 13 a...
Thu. Jul 1st 2021
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We are pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant though the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation and Highmark in the amount of $22,267 to purchase EMS equipment and supplies. An release will be...
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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