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The Borough of Meyersdale is located in Somerset County in the state of Pennsylvania (PA).

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Meyersdale is known by many as the "Maple City" for our long history of maple syrup production from our abundance of local maple trees and also as the home of the annual Somerset County Fair.


But for those of us that live here within the Summit and Elk-Lick townships who call Meyersdale home, the area means so much more. It is our home town, the place where many of us shop our local stores, eat in our local restaurants and for many of us, work to service the needs of our communities residents season after season.

Each winter, although they can be long, the blanket of picturesque pure white snow that surrounds us and the smells of wood burning stoves arouses our senses of thoughts of being indoors and close with our family and friends, staying warm.

Just before Spring new smells surround us as maple production is well under way. While every season in Meyersdale is more beautiful than the last, Spring marks a time where life truly awakens in the heart and soul of everyone who lives in or visits our magnificent hometown. Our town comes to life with tulips blooming, farmers planting their crops and children playing in the newly upgraded Maple Park as thoughts of a warm summer is fill our hearts.

During the summer visitors from around the State of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country come to visit Mount Davis, Laurel Falls and other nearby natural areas of beauty that surround Meyersdale, which we get to see and enjoy everyday. Just before it comes to a close, we all head on over to the county fair, showcasing our livestock, enjoying amusement rides and great food and rubbing elbows with our neighbors.

Fall in Meyersdale just might be more beautiful than any other time of the year as the variety of trees change their color, our kids are finally back in school and we make sure the wood and coal is fully stocked since we know winter is not far from approaching. Its also harvest time where we get to enjoy the vast variety of tasty treats prepared using local recipes that take advantage of the fresh produce provided by our local farmers.

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Meyersdale Latitude: 39.7849 Longitude: -79.0170
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The Zip Code for Meyersdale, PA is: 15552

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The History of Meyersdale


In 1767 Martin Borntrager, packed up his family and sailed to America aboard the ship called "Sally", emigrating from the Palatinate in south western Germany. His son, Andrew Borntrager , who was 14 at the time of the voyage lost his mother on the journey and his father soon thereafter. As they were a family of redemptioners, Andrew and his brothers spent their early years in America as indentured servants, working off the fare for their voyage as farm laborers. Shortly after the end of the American Revolutionary war, Andrew was granted a warrant for the land that is at the heart of present day Meyersdale by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 17th, 1785.

Jacob Moyer, Sr., born in Lebanon county in 1763, son of Rudolph Moyer III and Anna Light, was the grandson of Barbara and Rudolph Moyer II who immigrated to America from Germany in 1717. At the age of 17, Jacob married married his first wife who was pregnant with his first son John. She delivered her first child with no problem but died following the birth of his first daughter, Anna Marie. Needing a mother for his young children, he was quickly remarried to Anna Burkholder. This union brought forth two additional sons: Jacob and Christian, and three more daughters: Magdalena, Catharine and Elizabeth.

As did Andrew Borntrager, in 1785, Jacob Moyer, Sr. also acquired warrants for a much larger portion of the wild and unsettled land in Western Pennsylvania for his children, in an area then known as Bedford County. Having his own land in Jonestown, Lebanon County and younger children to tend to, Jacob never moved to the area himself, and died at the age of 57. His older brother Michael, who had served as a substitute drummer and fifer during the American Revolution, was married in 1797 and settled on the land by 1799. Jacob Sr.`s children, John, Jacob Jr., and Christian migrated to the area to carve out new farmland for themselves as they reached adulthood and started their own families.

Jacob Jr. arrived in the area by 1804, and married the daughter of Henry Yorty, Barbara, taking over the land, home and grist mill once owned by Borntrager family. He went on to build two additional mills, a saw mill and wool mill and even a distillery. A fire destroyed the original grist mill in 1827. While transporting wood to rebuild the mill with his son Peter (born in 1807), a terrible wind and rain storm swept Jacob from his horse and into the Casselman River, where his body was later found dead.

His son Peter inherited the land and the mills. His collection of mills were known as "Moyer`s Stadt" and "Moyer`s Meihl" in the Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect of German, translated as "Meyer`s Mills" in English.

Jacob Olinger was born in 1792 and later married Catharine Moyer, Jacob Moyer`s sister who inherited nearly 250 acres of land in the area. Dr. U.M. Beachley married Peter Meyers daughter, Eliza. In 1844, Peter Meyers, U.M. Beachley and Jacob Olinger began selling of their land. John Olinger wrote, "In 1844 my father had about ten acres surveyed and laid off in thirty lots --Some were sold as low as $50.00."

In 1852 and again in 1869 even more land was sold off by the heirs. In 1870, the Olinger and Beachley lands were chartered as the Dale City borough and in 1874, Peter Meyers` land was included and the entire area was incorporated as Meyersdale.

The Borough of Meyersdale

Facts & Data:

Meyersdale Pennsylvania Physical Characteristics:

The Borough of Meyersdale has an area of 0.8 square miles
  • Land: 0.81708687258687 Sq. Mi. (100.00%)
  • Water: 0 Sq. Mi.(0.00%)
The Meyersdale Borough takes up 0.1% of the area of Somerset County.

Map Location Coordinates:

  • Latitude: +39.8133374
  • Longitude: -079.0276885
Meyersdale Land Water Pie Chart

Meyersdale, PA Climate Information:

  • Average Temperature: 47.1°F
  • Average Rainfall: 39.27 inches
  • Average Snowfall: 46.3 inches
*Based on annual average for Weather Station USC00365686 MEYERSDALE 2 SSW
Latitude: 39.7808 Longitude: -79.0411 Elevation: 609.6 feet.

Meyersdale, PA Population Data:

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Meyersdale was 2,184 people, which is 2.8 % of the entire population of Somerset County.

Sex:

  • 47.34% Male
  • 52.66% Female

Race:

  • 98.810% White
  • 0.137% Black
  • 0.229% Asian
  • 0.09% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.14% Pacific Islander
  • 0.595% Mixed
  • 0.000% Other

Ethnicity:

  • 99.68% Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.32% Hispanic or Latino
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Meyersdale, PA Housing Information:

Average Household Size: 2.3
Number of Residences: 1,086
  • Occupied: 948 (87.29%)
  • Vacant: 138 (12.71%)
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