Bobtown, Pennsylvania

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Bobtown, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Bobtown-est1874.jpg
Bobtown is located in Pennsylvania
Bobtown
Bobtown
Bobtown is located in the US
Bobtown
Bobtown
Coordinates: 39°45′40″N 79°58′53″W / 39.76111°N 79.98139°W / 39.76111; -79.98139Coordinates: 39°45′40″N 79°58′53″W / 39.76111°N 79.98139°W / 39.76111; -79.98139
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Greene
Township Dunkard
Area
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,178 ft (359 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 757
 • Density 1,195/sq mi (461.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15315
Area code(s) 724
FIPS code 42-07384
GNIS feature ID 1169928[1]

Bobtown is an unincorporated coal town and census-designated place (CDP) in Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 757.[2]

History[edit]

Bobtown Sign

Bobtown was founded by the Shannopin Coal Co in the 1920s to provide housing for miners who worked in the company's mine which was located nearby.[3] The town is named for Robert "Bob" Mapel, who was also the founder of nearby Mapletown.

Geography[edit]

The community is in southeastern Greene County near the center of Dunkard Township, on a plateau 350 feet (110 m) above Dunkard Creek. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of the mouth of Dunkard Creek at the Monongahela River and 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Waynesburg, the Greene County seat. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.64 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 742 people, 340 households, and 207 families residing in the town.

The racial makeup of the township was 95.5% White, 1.4% Hispanic, 0.4% Black, 0.3% Native American, and 2.1% from two or more races.

There were 322 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

The town population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.7 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,038, and the average income for a household was $54,545.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bobtown, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39
(4)
43
(6)
52
(11)
64
(18)
72
(22)
80
(27)
83
(28)
82
(28)
76
(24)
65
(18)
54
(12)
42
(6)
62.7
(17)
Average low °F (°C) 24
(−4)
26
(−3)
32
(0)
42
(6)
50
(10)
59
(15)
63
(17)
62
(17)
55
(13)
44
(7)
36
(2)
27
(−3)
43.3
(6.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.8
(71)
2.7
(69)
3.6
(91)
3.5
(89)
4.6
(117)
4.1
(104)
4.6
(117)
3.5
(89)
3.2
(81)
2.8
(71)
3.5
(89)
2.9
(74)
41.8
(1,062)
Source: weather.com

Chevron gas well explosion[edit]

February 11, 2014

On February 11, 2014, Chevron's Lanco 7H well caught fire and burned for several days. The well is located about one mile west of Bobtown on Bald Hill Church Road.[5] The explosion killed contractor Ian McKee, a field service technician for Cameron International, and slightly injured another worker.[6] Chevron representatives distributed pizza coupons to residents as compensation for traffic caused by emergency responders and press.[7] The pizza issue gained national attention from various media outlets, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show which interviewed the owners of Bobtown Pizza.[8][9]

Education[edit]

Bobtown is served by Southeastern Greene School District and is the location of Bobtown Elementary School.

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Call sign Channel Description
KDKA-TV 2 CBS owned-and-operated station, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WTAE-TV 4 ABC affiliate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WPXI 11 NBC affiliate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WQED 13 PBS station, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WPCW 19 CW Television Network affiliate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WPNT 22 My Network TV affiliate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WPGH-TV 53 Fox affiliate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Infrastructure[edit]

Utilities[edit]

Electric service is provided by West Penn Power, natural gas services by Dominion Resources, Water by East Dunkard Water Association and sewage by the dunkard-bobtown municipal authority.

Cable television and cable Internet are provided by Atlantic Broadband. Landline telephone and DSL services are offered by Windstream Communications.

Trash pickup in the Bobtown area is provided by Preferable Sanitation.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bobtown, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bobtown CDP, Pennsylvania". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "BOBTOWN, Pa. - SHANNOPIN MINE". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bobtown, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data". Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Greene County shale well continues burning, February 12, 2014 12:30 AM, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  6. ^ "Report on Chevron Well Explosion in Greene County, Pa. - RKR Hess". RKR Hess. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Pizza coupons "scandal" blown out of proportion, town's locals say". CBS. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tip/Wag - Chevron & FDA". Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Watch the Daily Show Mock Chevron's Pizza Apology". Retrieved 1 November 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A History of Bobtown, by Musick, Eleanor (Flenniken Public Library, 1987)[1]
  • The Story of Bobtown : The Road to the Top of the Hill, by Bennett, Robert S[2]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/The-Story-Bobtown-Road-Hill/dp/B000FJNHCE