Baden

Baden was settled in May 1838 when William McCallister surveyed the area. Christian Burkhardt recorded the plot April 20. 1839, showing 104 lots. The village was called Baden for a city in Germany called Baden-Baden. The village, along with adjoining farms of the Hill, Moore and Bryan families, was incorporated as the Borough of Baden. The Ehrman farm was added to the borough February 29, 1872, by an act of the Pennsylvania Assembly.

Fun facts about Baden:

-The post office was established in 1852.

-The Sisters of St. Joseph moved to Baden and purchased land to build a four-story school and convent which was dedicated January 1, 1902. The academy started as a boys boarding school. From 1934 to 1967, Mt. Gallitzen had a high school for girls. The sisters had an elementary school which closed in 2009 due to changing demographics and financial constraints. In 1990, the sister opened Girls Hope, a residential program for girls at risk, and then in 1997, opened Villa St. Joseph, an 120-bed nursing home.

-The town is home to Captain Calvin Blazier’s home, built in the 1870’s. He was a riverboat captain who worked the Ohio and Mississippi rivers for decades.