Our community

corry, Pennsylvania 16407 - founded in 1861

Corry sits geographically centralized between three major local cities - Erie, Meadville, and warren,
And three major metropolises, cleveland, buffalo, and pittsburgh.

 

did you know: Corry is the birthplace of the climax locomotive

The invention of the Climax locomotive is attributed to Charles D. Scott, who ran a forest railway near Spartansburg, PA between 1875 and 1878. A lumberjack of considerable mechanical ingenuity, Scott sought to bring an improved logging locomotive of his own design to market and brought the drawings to the nearby Climax Manufacturing Company in Corry. The first Climax locomotives were built and delivered in 1888. The design patent was filed in February in the same year and granted in December. The invention was not patented in the name of Scott, as he had only a limited education, so he left the drawings to his brother-in-law, George D. Gilbert, who was a civil engineer by profession and worked for Climax. Gilbert had the invention patented in his name without mentioning Scott.


 

our past

A huddle of shanties sprung up in 1861 near the crossing of the Pennsylvania and Erie (P&E) and the Atlantic & Great Western (A & GW) railroads. The settlement was first known as the “Atlantic & Erie Junction,” or simply as “Junction.”

Much of the land for the settlement was purchased from early settler Hiram Cory, resulting in the name change to a misspelled “Corry.” The land was swampy and densely covered with pine and hemlock trees, which were cut for housing, hotels, and other businesses as Corry became a boom-town with the discovery of oil near Titusville, PA.

Early Corry became known as the “City of Stumps” as a result of this rapid development. At left, a photo of a men and horses working with a stump puller, used to clear the land in the newly founded, Corry.

As the railroad and nearby oil industries grew, so did Corry.

Eventually this growth led Corry to become famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for being the manufacturer of Climax locomotives.

 

Did you know: Inez Mecusker (1855-1941) was a Corry native

One of the foremost singers and entertainers of her time, soprano Mecusker was known as the “American Cantatrice.” She was featured in roles in opera and musical theater, appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway, and was a soloist for the John Philip Sousa Band. She performed for more than 25 years in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was acclaimed nationally. The Corry resident is buried nearby in Pine Grove Cemetery.


 

our present

Currently, Corry is the second largest city in Erie County. According to 2010 United States Census, there were 6,605 people within 2,522 households.

The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 0.48% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population. In the city, the population has 26.3% under the age of 18, 57.2% from 18 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,744. The per capita income for the city was $19,751. About 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line.

Knowing who we are is the first step in being able to create necessary, practical change for our area. Impact Corry is here to serve the entire community by seeking out, facilitating and/or participating in the positive changes of our area brought forth by local community groups and involved individuals.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Oliver

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Oliver

 

Did you Know: creation of the PA game commission started in corry

Concerned about the declining wildlife populations caused by logging, development, and excessive hunting and trapping, Corry businessman H.A. Penrose assembled several influential men in Corry on August 22, 1890, to form the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association (PSSA). This organization promoted wildlife conservation and enforcement of game laws. Efforts of the PSSA led to the creation of the Board of Game Commissioners by Act 1878 of 1895.


 
Photo courtesy of the  YMCA of Corry

Photo courtesy of the YMCA of Corry

our future

The heart of Impact Corry is rooted in the future of our community. Our kids. Our growing families and businesses. We all have the power to create change and help Corry thrive and hope in some way you are able to join us in revitalizing our town.

Our initiatives and goals are focused on creating a culture of community in Corry that will sustain us for many years to come. As we begin to band together with other local groups and tackle problems that face our community, we think of future generations and their likelihood to chose Corry as their home as they grow into adulthood.

Our purpose is to be a catalyst for change; creating and maintaining Corry as an attractive place to live, work, play, and grow.

 

 
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
— Margaret J. Wheatley, American Author