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Welcome to the 9th District
Welcome to Pennsylvania’s 9th congressional district. The 9th stretches across a wide swath of some of the most beautiful countryside Pennsylvania has to offer. In total, the district includes all or parts of 15 counties from Fayette County, near Pittsburgh, to the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg and from the Maryland border north to Clearfield County.
The 9th district is easily accessible from major population centers including the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, and New York metro areas. Interstate 99, a major north-south route has made significant improvements to the region’s economic growth, linking a productive and growing workforce to companies throughout the country.
The 9th district is steeped in American history. The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 had its epicenter in Berlin, Somerset County. The rebellion marked the first confrontation between the newly formed federal government and its citizens. Albert Gallatin of Fayette County played an important role in the rebellion speaking out against President George Washington and the government.
Shanksville in Somerset County will be the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Memorial, which is scheduled to open on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, will pay tribute to the brave passengers and crew who fought their terrorist hijackers and prevented an attack against Washington, DC.
Fayette County is home to Fort Necessity, were the opening action of the French and Indian War occured. Here, in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington fought French and American Indian forces in an effort to win British control over western Pennsylvania. The route taken by George Washington and British General Edward Braddock in their attempt to wrest Ft. Duquesne (now known as Pittsburgh) from French control is now known as Route 40, the “National Road.”
Visitors to the 9th district can also visit Indiana, PA which is the hometown to Hollywood great Jimmy Stewart. Indiana County is also known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” Additionally, visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, near Uniontown, the native home of General George Marshall. To the east, in Bedford County, visitors can relax and follow the footsteps of Presidents and Supreme Court Justices at the historic Bedford Springs Resort, which once served as a summer White House to President James Buchanan.
To the east, visitors can enjoy the Civil War history of Franklin County whose city Chambersburg was the only northern city to be burned during the war. Altoona in Blair County, hosts another of the 9th district’s historical sites, the Horseshoe Curve, a famous curved section of track owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Horseshoe Curve is a National Historic Landmark. This section of rail was an important resource for the country during WWII, as it served as an industrial link to the western part of the United States. Horseshoe Curve was a primary target of eight Nazi saboteurs who infiltrated the United States in the early years of the war. Altoona is also the home of the Railroaders Memorial Museum which celebrates the region’s rich railroading history.