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A few words should be said at this time concerning Antis Township in which the borough is situated. In 1810 a portion of Allegheny Township was detached to form another township, which was named Antes Township in honor of General Antes. Forty years later a portion of this township was also broken up to form what is now Logan Township.

Antis Township was once the home of a number of thriving villages around which the population centered, namely Tipton, Fostoria, Elizabeth Furnace, and Davidsburg (now Hensheytown).

Many years ago when the mines were operated in Tipton hollow, a right sizeable town flourished in the vicinity of the mines. These mines were located near the site of the present Tipton Reservoir and nothing remains today except several abandoned shafts. As a reminder of past glory, the small clearing near Loop Run is still referred to as the “Old Dancing Pavillion” by deer hunters and others who frequent these mountains.

The industries of Antis Township consisted chiefly of farming and manufacturing. The manufactories consisted of grist and saw mills owned by John Ake, a gristmill and distillery owned by Edward Bell, a distillery owned by Shipley Priestley and a saw mill owned by Michael Wallace. The Township has grown considerable since its erection having had but 95 taxables in 1811, while the present population exceeds 3000.

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