Bradford, known as the "Cool Town with the Warm Heart" Bradford started out as a lumber town called Littleton, but when the oil gushed in the late 1800s, little Littleton became big Bradford, the "High-grade Oil Metropolis of the World." Bradfordâ€™s downtown is a registered National Historic District with an eclectic variety of architectural styles. The Penn Brad Oil Museum and the restored one room school house at Crook Farm showcase the pioneer spirit of the community. Bradford is also an educational and arts center - The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Bromeley Theater provides culture and balance. Bradford is the perfect launching point for hiking excursions on the over 600 miles of trails within the Allegheny National Forest, or fishing expeditions on the Allegheny Reservoir. The birthplace of the world famous "Zippo" lighter, travelers will enjoy the exhibits at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center and shopping locally.