Borough of Port Matilda in Centre County PA

Port Matilda PA is located along route 220 between the borough of Tyrone (Blair County) and the borough of Julian PA. Port Matilda can be visited by taking the Route 322 exit from Interstate 99.

Port Matilda, Pa (3)Port Matilda was incorporated in 1926 from Worth Township, Centre County. The original town was laid out by Squire Clement Beckwith in 1850 and named in honor of his daughter, Matilda. Why the term “Port” was added to the town remains unclear. It is speculated that Squire Beckwith may have hoped the town would eventually be connected to the Bald Eagle and Spring Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal. Others report that the naming came during an illness suffered by Squire Clements when he asked his daughter for a drink, “port, Matilda”. No canal ever reached the town of Port Matilda but the town would be connected to the Bald Eagle Railroad making it a market center in the Bald Eagle Valley providing agricultural and lumber products. Port Matilda was also home to the McFeely Brick Company a silica fire crick producer until 1959.

 

Today Port Matilda has become a quiet borough as much of it’s daily traffic has been re-routed by the creation of Interstate 99 which diverted the once busy Route 220 traffic from Altoona to State College PA. A sizeable park is located in Port Matilda along the Bald Eagle Creek. The Port Matilda Community Park includes a baseball field and picnic area. Port Matilda offers an Elementary School and the Port Matilda Fire Company, established in 1929, provides fire protection to the estimated 608 residents of the borough.

 

County Spot Directories have also collected: Port Matilda Businesses, Port Matilda Photos and Port Matilda Events for this Centre County informational site!


External Links for Port Matilda
http://www.portmatilda.com/ - Port Matilda Fire Company
http://www.beasd.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=5 – Port Matilda Elementary School

Search Articles & Events