McKean County

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Roundtable Leaders

Honorable John Pavlock
(814) 887-5571
Daniel Wertz, CYS Administrator
(814) 887-3350

McKean County is 992 square miles of gently sloping hills and plateau areas dissected by deep valleys. Ninety-one percent of the land area is forested. The community of Kane is known as the "Black Cherry Capital of the World." Industries range from timber to oil, health care to manufacturing and farming. Zippo Manufacturing, producer of the world famous proof lighter, is a major employer. Case Cutlery, maker of the world-renowned case knives, St. Gobain Containers and Pittsburgh Corning Corporation are other top employers.

McKean County is the home of the Kinzua Viaduct, constructed in 1900, located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett. The structure spanned the Kinzua Creek Valley with a length of 2,053 feet and stood 301 feet high. It was once promoted as the "eighth wonder of the world," and was the second tallest railroad bridge in North America. On July 21, 2003, the Viaduct was partially destroyed when an F-1 tornado toppled eleven of the twenty towers that have supported the Viaduct in its reach across the sky for over 100 years.

Other interesting sites to visit in the county include the Allegheny National Forest and Reservoir, Allegheny Arms and Armor Museum, Bradford Landmark Society Museum, Bradford National Historic District, Eldred World War II Museum, General Thomas L. Kane Memorial Chapel, Historic Crook Farm, McKean County Historical Society Museum, Penn-Brad Oil Museum, and the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.

McKean County

McKean County Facts

County Seat
Smethport, PA