NAME: Livermore
COUNTY: Westmoreland
Snow in winter, hot in summer BEST TIME TO VISIT: Accessible only by hiking
COMMENTS: No current residents. After several floods, the remaining 57 residents were relocated so that the town could be demolished
REMAINS: The Cemetery and The Bridge are all that remain.

If you have ever driven west on route 22 past Blairsville, there is a great chance you have missed one of the most infamous little towns in Pennsylvania: Livermore. The town of Livermore was a bustling canal town from the early 1800's until The Johnstown Flood of 1889. The flood would move most of the western canal towns to a slow demise due to the damage it rendered. The small town was once again flooded on March 17th 1936, which was later deemed The Great Saint Patrick's Day Flood, which claimed an estimated 80 lives. After this the United States Corps of Engineers started a project to protect the lower Conemaugh River and its surroundings. The town of Livermore was demolished to make way for this new project. Once the project was set in motion, some say the cemetery had to be moved up hill from its resting place inside the town. Others say the cemetery was located here all along. The old canal was made into a trail, like so many others. You can still pass the site of Livermore if you bike or hike the William Penn Trail. Some people believe the floods that swept the town were not a coincidence. There is a legend that a woman in the early 1800's was prosecuted for witchcraft in the town. Before she was burned alive she decreed that the people would be cursed and the town would be flooded. Besides this folklore, no actual evidence has been found to make this a factual account. Nonetheless, this story has stuck to the grim floods that plagued the town. People also believe that once the cemetery was moved the souls of the town became restless and still roam above the water and on the riverside that was once their home. Accounts of phantom houses, dogs barking, ghostly outlines walking the trail, and even spirits walking above the water have been reported. Upon arriving to this location you first notice that it is an entrance to the William Penn Trail. No human developments exist for miles around the perimeter, which some believe gives validity to the claims of ghostly voices and phantom barks of dogs. Once you enter the trail you take a right and walk a few minutes and come to a bridge. This bridge marks where the town used to be. To the right of the bridge upon the hill is where the cemetery is still located today.

Submitted by: Marc Boulware