Our History


When Thomas Arters drew his canoe up out of the waters of the Allegheny one day in 1806, his thoughts were undoubtedly directed to his immediate future and the means of carving a life and livelihood from this wild and unpeopled wilderness.  Thomas Arters is given the credit of having made the first permanent settlement in the Tidioute area.  Thomas Arters came with his father, Richard Arters, from Lewistown, Pa., and settled at the mouth of Tidioute Creek on a tract of land containing four hundred acres.  Later, he received one hundred acres of this tract for making a permanent settlement thereon.  He also had a claim of four hundred acres on the south side of the river in what is now Limestone Township.


In 1824 Mr. Arters built the first framed house in Tidioute which still stands on the corner of Main Street and Scott Street, near the Presbyterian Church.  The house has been remarkably preserved through the years and was previously a bed and breakfast known as the 1824 Inn.  


Today, Tidioute is a picturesque community nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains along the Allegheny River.   The current population of 688 more than triples during hunting and fishing seasons as we are home to many seasonal residents, or as they are more commonly known, "campers".  Tidioute is a sportsman's paradise with an abundance of wildlife.  Eagles, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and black bears can all be found in our area.   Many outdoor enthusiasts come to enjoy hiking the trails of the surrounding Allegheny National forest, partake in bird watching, and fish the many creeks, nearby streams and let us not forget the Allegheny River for native trout, bass, and walleye.  Boats of all sizes are seen throughout the Spring and Summer season while snowmobiles are in abundance during the winter months as many flock to our area to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors.  Tidioute is also home to one of the best boat launches in the Tri-County area making us the perfect place to launch a canoe, kayak, fishing boat, or even a jetski.   Whether you're docking your vessel or just setting sail you'll be happy with all the amenities our boat launch has to offer.   From a picnic area with sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables to a playground for the kids, restrooms with flushable toilets, a drinking water fountain, and more. 


Nature surrounds our little valley with picturesque views from every angle. Tidioute sees itself as a typical small town where neighbors greet each other by name and take care of one another. We are proud of living in such a strong and vibrant community.



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