Westport, PA

Westport, PA at the Turn of the 20th Century
By Stephen F. Miller Jr.



View of Westport, PA, Circa 1890
(This picture was generously provided to me by George Werts of Westport, PA)

 

The first settlement at the mouth of Kettle Creek was in 1785 by Richard Gilmore, when the land was part of Pine Creek Township, Northumberland County.   James Caldwell moved in to Gilmore's land around 1807 following its abandonment.

Caldwell built a log cabin and it served as a boarding house for the workers who built the saw and grist mill located at the mouth of Kettle Creek.

The "Kettle Creek" post office was established  in 1847 or 1848 and was eventually discontinued leaving the village without a Post Office for about a year.  In late 1850, a new post office was established, however the name "Kettle Creek" was taken by a post office located at the head of the Creek, so the name "Westport" was taken, hence the current name.  

In the fall of 1862, the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad was built through the village on its way north.  In 1860, the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad had tried to negotiate with the A.O. Caldwell to buy his land to create machine shops, however the deal fell through and the yards were built in Renovo.  Caldwell eventually sold his land to Col. Noyes, the origin of the name Noyes Township, for a lesser price.

In 1875, the village had a train station, post office, a large hotel called the "Westport House", a  store house, a Methodist Church (built in 1866), a school house (built in 1853), a blacksmith shop (started around 1860), a saw mill and a  population of approximately 450 people.


West-end of Westport, PA, Circa 1910


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