Crest History

Back in March of 1974, when the early rumbles of the Bicentennial began to reverberate through the country (and Somerset County) an idea sparked in the head of Lester M. Griffith of Friedens, that Somerset County should have a crest. After conferring with authorities, the idea caught on, and a committee decided to throw open a contest to all interested Somerset County artists and history buffs to design their idea of a suitable crest. A deadline of May 31, 1974, was set, with Pete T. Mitchell, then administrative assistant to the County Commissioners, in charge. More than 150 entries were received to compete. Of these, three designs were then displayed in the foyer of the Court House and initialed "A", "B", "C" with no names or identification attached, and the public responded to the invitation to come and vote for the winning design. A total of some 687 votes was cast, and of these 284 went to the design submitted by Alvin Carnahan of Soap Hallow and Jack Foreback of Somerset, who collaborated on their entry in the contest. The designs, superimposed upon an outline map of Somerset County, depict a rampant dragon (derived from the crest of Somerset County, England, for which this county was named) and encircles symbols of the industries and agriculture, which support Somerset County. Two maple leaf designs also pay tribute to the County's "Sweetest Industry," products of the sugar maple.

County Annex Office Building
300 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501