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Rambler's Rest - Scott Twnp PA

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In the summer of 1931 the Rambler’s Rest, a restaurant, grocery store, and gas station, was opened by Alex Robb – a newly arrived local resident who had come with his wife from Pittsburgh. The facility was located on the Harlansburg Road at the intersection with Studebaker Road. A few years later Robb opened a camping site, with cottages and a picnic area, on adjacent property along the Slippery Rock Creek. Robb was actually sued by the P&LE Railroad and the YMCA (Camp Rentz) in early 1935 over questions of actual ownership of the camping area. The entire area became known as Rambler’s Rest. (c1955) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean) Full Size


The sign for the Rambler’s Rest along the Harlansburg Road. (c1955) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean) Full Size


Alex Robb subsequently sold the restaurant property to Robert J. Andrews, who in turn sold it to Eugene and Lois Hunt in 1951. The camping area remained a separate entity and possibly owned the cottage owners themselves. The Hunt family, who lived with their four children in the adjoining house, operated the Rambler’s Rest until they sold it to Bruce and Harriet Jamison in 1960 – who later sold it to John and Marilyn Strawhecker. (c1955) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean) Full Size


Patricia Hunt (Dean) in front of the Rambler’s Rest, which was owned by her parents during the 1950’s. Owner John Strawhecker closed the Rambler’s Rest down at the end of 1991 and sold the contents at a public auction in early February 1992. He soon sold the property and building and in March 1995 it became home to the 108 Leather Shop, which sold leather jackets and western wear. A fire on the evening of Sunday, November 3, 1996, resulted in extensive damage and the building was subsequently razed. (c1955) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean) Full Size


Lois Studebaker Hunt (1909-1989) working in the restaurant of the Rambler’s Rest. Lois and her husband Eugene (1907-1971), a longtime machinist at the Cooper-Bessemer Company in Grove City, owned the restaurant until they sold it in September 1960. (c1955) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean) Full Size



Lois and H. Eugene Hunt owned the Rambler’s Rest from 1951-1960. (c1958) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)


H. Eugene Hunt was a longtime machinist at the Cooper-Bessemer Company in Grove City. (1944) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)


Harriet Jamison (shown above), and her husband Bruce, purchased the Rambler’s Rest from the Hunt’s in September 1960. They later sold it to John and Marilyn Strawhecker. (c1962) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)


A view of the cabins and campground behind the Rambler’s Rest restaurant and store. (Jan 1959) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)


The dance hall located at the campground site along the Slippery Rock Creek. (Jan 1959) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)


The cabins and dance hall are pictured here. The bridge over the Slippery Rock Creek can be seen in top right of photo. (Jan 1959) (Photo courtesy of Mike Dean)

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Comment

  1. does anyone remember the rest area on route 422 near where the new slippery rock township building is located ? did it have a name ?

    rich · 07/15/2014 08:18 PM · #

  2. I remember it! I grew up in Portersville and remember passing it when my parents drove to New Castle. In fact my dad stopped and had a picnic lunch with me there when I was about 9 yrs old one day when he brought home his new black Ford truck. I don’t recall a name though….

    Laura · 07/16/2014 08:18 AM · #

  3. Does anyone have any recipes from the Ramblets Rest?
    My grandparents were Bruce and Harriet Jamison – owners in the 1960’s. No recipes were saved.

    Della Willig · 11/30/2014 09:32 PM · #

  4. My parents were Robert James and Lena Andrews. I was a child when I left Slippery Rock but have many memories of the restaurant and the picnic area below restaurant. My older brothers helped my parents with food preparation in the restaurant. My brother who is 5 years older and myself were too young to help our parents. Our father had a auto repair business next to restaurant in the 40’s and 50’s. The picnic area was very busy during the summer which also had a dance hall. Our parents were very active. We all eventually moved to Florida. One brother was in the Air Force moved to Florida after 4 yrs. of service. The oldest brother moved to Florida and with our father opened a gas station and auto paint and repair service. Subsequently, other brother joined their father with auto business. Our mother never left the business as she was a full time book keeper with auto shop.
    We left the area when I was 6 yrs. old. However, I do remember the Bar-b-que sandwich ingredients. This sandwich was a specialty of the restaurant.

    Carol Andrews Stonebrook · 07/27/2015 10:08 PM · #

  5. My grandfather Bill Frengel built those cottages and we grew up on the Slippery Rock Creek.

    Sam mineo · 09/19/2017 11:00 AM · #