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Some of Johns' original planning is still evident. Central Park is the site he set aside for the courthouse he hoped to attract to the valley; the Point Stadium is built on the land Joseph Johns reserved for a recreation park; the site of City Hall and the three corner lots opposite it were the lots the founder designated for public buildings; Joseph Johns Junior High School in on the plot which Johns decreed should be used for a school.

Failing to become the county seat when Ebensburg was chosen, Conemaugh Old Town had little to attract settlers. So in 1807, Joseph Johns sold his village and retired to a farm near Davidsville. He was buried there when he died in 1813.

The average price for a lot when Johns owned the town was $10, plus an annual ground rent of $1. Choice sites, such as the three available at Main and Franklin Streets, brought $150. A similar amount was paid for Lot No. 5--the present site of the Cambria Theater.

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