Conditions seemed right. The combination of tumbling water and plentiful forests led to the creation of Falls City in 1868. Water power ran the saw and grist mills as well as factories that tanned hides, made spokes for wagons, pulp for paper, barrels and chairs. Later, after Falls City became Ohiopyle in 1891, the Youghiogheny River drove turbines that supplied citizens with electricity. When the railroad first came to town in 1871, it connected local industries to markets. But soon, passenger trains from Cumberland and Pittsburgh brought thousands of tourists to see the falls. The Ferncliff Hotel, Ohiopyle House and Ranier Park offered forest trails, music an dancing, bowling and even a carousel. As you walk the streets of Ohiopyle, look for some of the town's older buildings and think about how they have changed.

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Ohiopyle State Park and City of Ohiopyle


Falls City became Ohiopyle in 1891. It is located on the Youghiogheny River.

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