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Cameron County was named after U.S. Senator Simon Cameron (1799-1889) and created on March 29, 1860. Cameron, born in Dauphin County, was known as the "Czar of Pennsylvania," because he was one the most powerful state political bosses in history. In 1860, Cameron ran unsuccessfully against Abraham Lincoln in the Republican convention, but he did serve briefly as President Lincoln's Secretary of War. Cameron County was formerly part of Clinton County, Elk County, McKean County and Potter County. The county seat, Emporium, is a Latin word meaning "trade or market center" and was incorporated on October 13, 1864.

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Try these book titles below.
History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, & Potter, Pennsylvania
M. A. Leeson
Reflections of Cameron County, Pennsylvania
Headwaters and Hardwoods: the Folklore, Cultural History, and Traditional Arts of the Pennsylvania Northern Tier

Did you know?
Tom Mix (1880-1940), a famous movie cowboy and circus star, was born in Cameron County.
A veteran of the Spanish-American war, he starred in hundreds of movies from 1910-1935.
His birthplace was about five miles west of Driftwood. He died in an Arizona car crash.

Other Useful Cameron Co. Links

  • Lumber Township Genealogy

  • Map of Cameron Co. (1895)

  • Map (topograhical) of Cameron Co.

  • Map of Cameron Co. Townships

  • Marriage Records, Cameron Co.

  • Migrations, Cameron Co.

  • Municipalities Incorporation Dates
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  • Naturalization Records (1875-1904)

  • Obituaries, Cameron Co. (1890-1902)

  • Old Photos

  • Old photos (indexed)

  • Portage Township Genealogy

  • Shippen Township Genealogy

  • Sinnemahoning State Park

  • Sinnamahoning Village History

  • Sizerville State Park

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