I don't know how long they've been doing this, but the Herald-Standard has been featuring short quizzes about interesting Fayette County facts. The latest one reveals:
- Slaves existed in nearly all townships in the county, even though Pennsylvania was a free state. Awesome news. Sure to help improve that reputation people have been so concerned about.
- There used to be 20 high schools, compared to the seven today. Another sign of the county's wealthy and populated past?
- P. T. Barnum's circus rolled through a few times, and in 1917 the main tent collapsed and a woman was killed.
- In 1905, the Uniontown high school principal embezzled money and fled to Europe, where he was arrested in England. We were making headlines for our crime even then!
- Hula hoops were a big deal. Like, hugely popular. One hundred million sold in the county in 1958, and the State Theatre held a contest to find the best hula hooper.
Neat stuff. Really, the county is full of plenty of interesting stories. You just have to know where to look. Or hope that things settle down so I can start telling the ones I know.