Tidioute, Pennsylvania

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Tidioute Bridge
Etymology: tidioute, Iroquois for "protrusion of land"
Location of Tidioute in Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Tidioute in Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Tidioute is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Tidioute in Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°41′4″N 79°24′14″W / 41.68444°N 79.40389°W / 41.68444; -79.40389Coordinates: 41°41′4″N 79°24′14″W / 41.68444°N 79.40389°W / 41.68444; -79.40389
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Warren
Established 1800
 • Total 1.21 sq mi (3.12 km2)
 • Land 1.07 sq mi (2.78 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 688
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 657
 • Density 612.30/sq mi (236.41/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 814

Tidioute is a borough in Warren County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 792 at the 2000 census. The name is an Iroquoian word meaning "protrusion of land", referring to a sharp bend in the Allegheny River.[3]


Tidioute is located at 41°41′4″N 79°24′14″W / 41.68444°N 79.40389°W / 41.68444; -79.40389 (41.684424, -79.403970).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (20.00%) is water.


From its beginnings, Tidioute was connected to the cutlery industry, when groups of cutlery workers who had emigrated from Sheffield, England migrated from factories in New England to the vicinity of Tidioute and northern Pennsylvania to establish their own concerns.

The town was the original home of the Tidioute Cutlery Company, a knife manufacturer founded in Tidioute in 1897. The company was later dissolved and reformed as the Union Cutlery Company. Union Cutlery relocated to Olean, New York, and the Tidioute factory ceased operations in 1911.

The town had many attractions such as oil derricks,a train system,cutlery,saloons,and a great lumber industry.

The town had various businesses and everyone did well in their business. There was many more buildings than there is now. Some included a chocolate shop,Schwab Ford,Downey Chevrolet, Bunce's grill,the landmark hotel(formerly the larimer hotel and the tipper house),and many more.

On February 7th 1979 a devastating fire struck the sleepy town. It was a huge blaze from the distance. Fireman responded quickly and the blaze was mostly contained. School was cancelled the next day. The fire was determined to be started by an arson.The fire caused 1 million dollars in damage.

On Friday May 31, 1985 Dsaster struck! Everything was quiet,until, A tornado struck the small town.The most damage was done on route 62 ,just right of the bridge. The twinkist ice cream was left in pieces. To the left of the twinkist, a house owned by Don Dashner was practically gone,except one bedroom.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,638
1880 1,255 −23.4%
1890 1,328 5.8%
1900 1,237 −6.9%
1910 1,324 7.0%
1920 1,063 −19.7%
1930 970 −8.7%
1940 955 −1.5%
1950 998 4.5%
1960 860 −13.8%
1970 939 9.2%
1980 844 −10.1%
1990 791 −6.3%
2000 792 0.1%
2010 688 −13.1%
Est. 2016 657 [2] −4.5%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 792 people, 314 households, and 221 families residing in the borough. The population density was 707.2 people per square mile (273.0/km²). There were 366 housing units at an average density of 326.8 per square mile (126.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.99% White, 0.51% African American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.38% from two or more races.

There were 314 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $31,058, and the median income for a family was $39,107. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $18,409 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,272. About 7.4% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.


Tidioute is home to the Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament, which is hosted during the last full weekend of September. The main events include the two-day main fishing tournament, a children's fishing derby, a carnival, and a parade.

Also, since 2009, Tidioute has been the home to the World War II Reenactment of The Bridge at Remagen, a battle that took place in 1945. This takes place using the Tidioute Bridge over the Allegheny River and through the borough itself. This event happens the first weekend in August. The battle draws in many tourists from all over. The Allegheny river is similar to the Rhine River and the town of Remagen.


Tidioute is home to the Tidioute Community Charter School, a pre-K through 12th grade public school located on Main Street. Its current enrollment is 313 students.[8] During the 2013-2014 school year, the school was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a National Blue Ribbon School. Their website can be found here.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Downtown Tidioute". Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ PDE (2015). "Tidioute Community Charter School Fast Facts 2015,".