About This Place
Cresson is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 75 miles (121 km) east of Pittsburgh. Cresson is an elevated place known for its beauty. Mineral springs add to its attractions. It is above 2,000 feet (610 m) in elevation. Lumber, coal, and coke yards were industries that had supported the population which numbered 1,470 in 1910. It is most commonly listed as part of the Johnstown Metropolitan Statistical Area, although state and local sources list it as part of the Altoona area. The population at the 2000 census was 1,631.
The location was named Cresson in 1854, as a memorial to philanthropist Elliott Cresson. Railroads, specifically the Allegheny Portage Railroad, fueled the growth of the area. Many famous Pittsburgh businessmen (Charles M. Schwab, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, etc.) maintained summer residences in the area.
Cresson is located at 40°27′45″N 78°35′11″W / 40.4625°N 78.58639°W / 40.4625; -78.58639 (40.462631, -78.586319), about 10.5 miles west-southwest of Altoona.