is the largest community in the Broad Top Mountain region of South Central Pennsylvania.
Due to Indian hostilities, a group of pioneers led by Sebastian Shoup erected Shoup's Fort near Saxton
Today the site of the massacre is marked by a stone monument in Liberty Twp., near Saxton
maintained by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
was the operating heart of the H&BTMRR as the location of the machine shops and repair shops, round-house and yards.Today very little remains of this once-bustling operation.One structure, the old paint shop, houses the Martin General Store along Main Street.The concrete piers of the Stonerstown trestle are also visible.Along Main Street, the Saxton
business district features an unusual architectural appearance.Traditionally the retail shops were at ground level (basement) with the upper two floors serving as the residences of business owners and their families.Second-floor porches extend out over the sidewalks, giving Saxton
that "Dodge City" look.The Saxton Parkway, complete with benches, brick walkways, flower gardens, shade trees, and large veterans' memorial, extends along Main Street and occupies a former railroad grade.This central park adds charm to the Saxton business district.
The construction of the Raystown Dam and recreation areas in the 1970s provided a tourist economy to the region.Saxton
is located on the southern end of the lake, only minutes from Weavers Falls boat ramp and 15 minutes from Lake Raystown Resort.The Saxton business district offers a full range of products and services to meet the needs of visitors to the area.Saxton
is also the home of Seton Company
, which manufactures quality leather interiors for luxury automobiles.The plant employs over 600 people and supplies such leading automotive companies as General Motors
, Daimler - Chrysler
From 1962 to 1972 Saxton
was also the home of Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corp.
, a subsidiary of GPU Energy.The second privately owned nuclear reactor in the US, Saxton Nuclear
was a power and research reactor that was used to develop a number of technologies used today in the nuclear power industry.Saxton
pioneered the use of boron in cooling water to control the chain reaction, and was also the first privately owned power reactor to use plutonium as fuel.Today the plant is being decommissioned and the site will be returned to nature.
...The first high voltage power transmission line was pioneered here (Saxton to Claysburg).
Raystown Lake is the largest lake entirely within the borders of Pennsylvania, with a shoreline of 110 miles.
Some notable Broad Toppers: James Saxton, founder of Saxton, was a Huntingdon, Pa. businessman and land speculator.