Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 37.
BEDFORD COUNTY, situated in the southern boundary of Pennsylvania, and drained by branches of Juniata and Potomac rivers. Length, 52 miles; mean breadth, 31; with an area of 1,600 square miles. The face of the country is extremely diversified by mountains, hills, and valleys, with an equally varied soil-barren and rocky in the mountains, and fertile and well watered in the valleys. Seat of justice, Bedford. Pop. in 1820, 20,248; in 1830, 24,502; in 29,335; in 1850, 23,052.