Cambridge Springs is a small town, but our size hasn't stopped us from making a name for ourselves among other Pennsylvania towns! Cambridge Springs, PA got its start in 1822 and was originally named Cambridge for the town of the same name in Massachusetts. Eventually, mineral springs were discovered here and the town's name was changed to Cambridge Springs in 1897. Tourists flocked to enjoy the mineral springs, and we became a resort town for decades following.
Over the years, Cambridge Springs has seen a variety of visitors and claimed numerous unofficial titles. In 1904 we hosted a famous chess tournament - the Cambridge Springs Defense, a chess move variation, is now named for the town. In the early 20th century Cambridge Springs became known as the home base for Leon Ray Livingston, a famous hobo and author. He described Cambridge Springs in his memoir The Ways of the Hobo as an "idyllic," "charming," and "delightful" town, prompting many other hobos to visit the area to see for themselves. Whether we're hosting world chess champions or becoming a "veritable 'Mecca' to chronic hoboes," Cambridge Springs is certainly known for its quiet, friendly way of life.