History of Coudersport

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From livingplaces.com

The Coudersport Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Portions of the text below were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. [1] Adaptation copyright © 2008, The Gombach Group.


Coudersport is a small borough wedged into a valley of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Plateau. Forested mountains rise abruptly on all sides, with only narrow corridors affording access to the north, east, and southwest. The two major roads through Coudersport echo the paths of the Allegheny River and Mill Creek, which meet near the center of town. Located in the north-central region of Pennsylvania, in Potter County, Coudersport is less than 15 miles from the New York state line.

The area of Coudersport Historic District includes a representation of each major element of the town: the roadways; the water-ways; governmental, social, and public institutions; commercial buildings; residences; and ecclesiastical structures. Besides the three major business blocks on Main and Second Streets (U.S. Route 6 and State Route 44 — the two main roads which pass through Coudersport), density in the district is relatively low; the actual “downtown” section has expanded very little since the mid-1800’s. The town also has a rather low profile, since most of the buildings average two stories in height, with substantial attic space. The Courthouse Square provides a small amount of green space in town, as do the church lawns. Especially since power lines in the downtown are now underground, Coudersport’s historic district appears clean and uncluttered. At night the area is lit by attractive Victorian style street lamps.

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