Officially established in 1795 and named after Major General Joseph Warren, Warren is the county seat of Warren County and is situated along the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. It was originally inhabited by Seneca nation Native Americans and then claimed in 1749 by the French via buried plaques, but after the French and Indian War the land was transferred to the British.
From 1810 to 1840, Warren’s main industry was lumber. By 1875, David Beaty drilled for natural gas in his wife’s flower garden and discovered oil, leading to the city’s main industry becoming oil. Since then, Warren’s major employers have expanded to include the United Refining Company, Pennsylvania General Energy, Superior Tire and Rubber Corporation, Betts Industries Inc., Allegheny National Forest, Sheetz, Northwest Savings Bank, Walmart, Whirley-Drinkworks, Blair Corporation, and Interlectric.
Many historic landmarks can be found in Warren: the John P. Jefferson House, built in 1890 in a Richardsonian Romanesque style; the Woman's Club of Warren, originally an Italianate style residence that was acquired by the club in 1922 and had a 500-seat auditorium added on in 1924; the Struthers Library Building; the Warren County Courthouse; the Wetmore House; and the Guy Irvine House ("The Locusts”). The Warren Historic District alone has over 580 historic buildings, many of which exhibit classic Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles.
Other places of interest in Warren are the headquarters of the Allegheny National Forest, the Cornplanter State Forest, and the Chief Cornplanter Council, the oldest chartered Boy Scouts of America Council.
Warren’s main road is Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs the length of the city. The Transit Authority of Warren County (TAWC) provides the area with bus lines and public transportation. Warren has initiated a riverfront development project downtown, called the Impact Warren Project, to develop new townhouses, retail and commercial developments, a convention center, a parking garage, and a bus depot. Victorian homes are among the most common architectural styles found in Warren.