Small Town, Big Heart – Bloss History

Mayor Shane Nickerson shares a brief history of Blossburg

by John Vogt & Shane Nickerson – October 3, 2018

Welcome to our first edition of “Small Town, Big Heart” with Mayor Shane Nickerson. Mayor Nickerson has been looking forward to producing a Blossburg feature that will showcase the ordinary hardworking people of Blossburg doing extraordinary things.

On today’s broadcast, Mayor Nickerson gives us a brief look at the history of Blossburg, Pennsylvania. The Blossburg area was discovered in the 1790s by immigrant workers who were building the road between Williamsport, PA, and Painted Post, NY.

As these workers were carving out the road, they discovered coal. This find is what put Peter’s Camp on the map. Later on, Aaron Bloss would incorporate the Peter’s Camp area as the borough of Blossburg.

The Blossburg area has a rich blue-color hard-working history. The town was built on the salt of the earth folks who made their living through coal-mining. Coal-mining is not an easy job. It took people of character, physical strength, and specific skill to make it happen.

When the railroad came to Blossburg, it enabled coal to be transported by rail to the Williamsport area and Corning Glass in Corning, NY. This reliable transportation of coal created a massive boom in the coal industry for the Blossburg region.

Eventually, the mines went out of business which drastically reduced the population of Blossburg. But, the strength and character of the people here remain to this day.

Ward Manufacturing put roots down in Blossburg as a direct descendant of the coal industry. Whether digging coal out of the earth or pouring molten steel at a foundry it takes a special kind of hard working person to do those things. The people of Blossburg have a rich heritage of dependable, hardworking, dedicated people who love their town and the people who live here. They have each other’s backs as they say.

The main reason The Home Page Network decided to open Blossburg Home Page is the reputation of the people here. The residents of the Blossburg community love and care for each other. The folks here take pride in their town. The family is important here. Blossburg, Pennsylvania may be small these days, but it still has a BIG HEART.

Idea/Concept: Shane Nickerson
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: John Vogt, Shane Nickerson
Anchor: Mataya Nickerson
Host: Shane Nickerson

Produced by Vogt Media
Funded by First Citizens Community Bank

Advertising (Inside)

Blossburg Dining

Blossburg Shopping

First Citizens Community Bank

UPMC Susquehanna

Citizens & Northern Bank

242 Coffee Co.

Nickerson Enterprises

Williamson Road Foundation

Matthews Motor Company

Laurel Health Centers

Age In Place Home Care

Victoria Theatre

Blossburg American Legion Post 572

Morris Run American Legion Post 167

Black Creek

Bloss Hardware

Blossburg Beverage Co

Blossburg Memorial Library

Bloss Pharmacy

Blossburg: Small Town - Big Heart

Bradford-Tioga Head Start

Covington Salvage Yard

Decades of Beauty Salon & Day Spa

Freeburg Funeral Home

Harbor Counseling

Hillside Rod & Gun Club

Bloss Holiday Market

Jim's Service Station

K House and Son Lumber

Kim's Hair Connection

L.A. Honeywagon Septic Service

Mountain Laurel Bed & Breakfast

Ollock Dental Group

Blossburg VIBE

Ward MFG


Momma's Restaurant & Catering

Shawn's Towing & Auto Repair

Smith Vinyl Lettering & Apparel

Berguson Trucking

Arnot Sportsman's Club

Blossburg VFW Post 8730

WLC Wheeland