historic meeting 234 years ago an
agreement was reached which paved the way
for the founding of Johnstown--destined
to become Cambria County's only city and
the hub of its greatest population area.
date was November 5, 1768. The principal
bargainers were chiefs of the Iroquois,
reigning Indian power in the East, and
representatives of the Penn family's
proprietary government in Pennsylvania.
made that day went down in history as the
Treaty of Fort Stanwix. It opened up
settlement for all of Pennsylvania south
of the historic Kittanning Path, and thus
induced settlers to enter the valleys of
the Conemaugh and the Stonycreek.
was five months before land warrants
could be issued under the Fort Stanwix
Treaty. But on the very day that the
treaty became effective--April 3, 1769--a
warrant was taken out for 249 acres that
stretched between the Conemaugh and
Stonycreek Rivers. This tract was