A Gem in America's First Oil Field
The fine old architecture in this small northwestern Pennsylvania town is a reminder that many years ago there were more people, and much more money in Bradford that there is today. Bradford is one of many towns in this part of the state that profited by being in America's first producing oil field. Long before oil was discovered in Texas or Alaska, it was found in Pennsylvania. Brands such as Quaker State and Pennzoil remind us of that fact.
Bradford is in McKean County, near the Pennsylvania/New York state line. It is a great staging area for outdoor activities in "The Wilds" of Pennsylvania. Among the points of interest in the town itself is the Penn-Brad Oil Museum.
There is still some oil here, including a working well in the parking lot of the Bradford McDonalds Restaurant.
Bradford isn't dead, but it is sleepy. I would call it a sleeping beauty.