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Crafton has never really recovered from losing its high school (above). It was one of the best small high schools in the state. Not only did its sports teams consistently defeat much larger schools, but it was academically one of the best in Pennsylvania. The school kept the town's name widely known. Forced by the state to merge with Carnegie and Rosslyn Farms to form Carlynton, Crafton became invisible. But it is still a beautiful and unique small town. Unlike others pressed against Pittsburgh (McKees Rocks, Bellevue, Wilkinsburg, Homestead, etc.), Crafton still has a small town feel. It has Chartiers Creek (left), where locals canoe, kayak, fish and swim. It has tree shaded streets, beautiful 1900s era architecture, mansions and churches and a federalist business district. Crafton offers three very good restaurants plus several national chain franchises. It's a quick drive from Cory. Pick up I-79 at Groveton, go to the first exit (22 & 30 and Steubenville Pike), go off, turn left under the interstate, and drop down the hill into Crafton.