Bradford, city (1990 pop. 9,625), McKean co., NW Pa., in the Alleghenies, near the N.Y. line settled c.1823, inc. as a city 1879. The growth of the city was initiated by the discovery of oil (c.1871), but oil-related industries have been eclipsed by diverse manufacturing, including cigarette lighters, machinery, and lumber products. A campus of the Univ. of Pittsburgh is in the city. Nearby are Allegheny National Forest (with its dam and reservoir) and Allegany State Park (N.Y.) the area is popular for hunting and fishing.

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