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'Town that garbage built' for sale in Westmoreland County

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2017 9:13 AM
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(Reduction) -- A former garbage company town in Westmoreland County is up for sale for $1.5 million.

The family that has owned the Village of Reduction for nearly 70 years has decided to divest itself of the 75-acre property once hailed as "the town that garbage built."

The asking price includes farmland, 19 single-family homes and a 1914 one-room schoolhouse.

The village was once home to about 400 employees of the American Reduction Company. The company operated a plant that processed tons of garbage a day from Pittsburgh, before the city opened its own facility in 1936.

The current owner's father bought the property in 1948 for $10,000.

About 60 people still live in the village, and most say they prefer to stay put.

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