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Acme is an unincorporated community in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and Bullskin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The Acme ZIP code of 15610 extends well beyond the more densely populated part of the area, into rural parts of Donegal Township in Westmoreland County and Bullskin Township in Fayette County.
Acme has always been an agricultural community; however, three attempts to develop resorts in the area have likely been inspired by its gateway position along the edge of the Laurel Highlands. In 1962, architect Peter Berndtson developed a master plan for a 125-acre (0.51 km2) property named Treetops & Mountain Circles. Berndtson, an original apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a network of twenty-four private houses, each within a 300-foot (91 m) diameter clearing in the woods. If completed, the clearings and their connecting roads would have depicted a bunch of grapes when viewed from the sky. Only two homes—those for developers Harry Blum and James Balter—were actually built.
Following in the footsteps of the very successful Bear Rocks, this much smaller resort featuring a recreational lake, a swimming pond, and wooded house lots, Forest Lake, was developed adjacent to the eastern edge of Bear Rocks along Bear Rocks road. As part of the sales promotion, a red caboose, now greatly decayed, was placed on one of the lots. Forest Lake never enjoyed the success of its larger neighbor and only 5 houses were built.
Acme is located in [Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania], and [Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania], in southern Westmoreland County, and in [Bullskin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania] in the northeastern corner of Fayette County at 40°7’38″N 79°26’5″W (40.12731, -79.434929). The name “Acme” refers to the area’s location atop Chestnut Ridge in the Allegheny Mountains.