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Aristes is a census-designated place (CDP) in Conyngham Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 311 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick Micropolitan Statistical Area. Aristes is next to the famous "ghost town" of Centralia, Pennsylvania.
Around the year 1800, the Red Tavern was built along the Old Reading Road, which ran from Catawissa to Reading. In 1865, the owner of the Red Tavern laid out a village which he called "Montana". When a post office was established here in 1897, the name of the town was changed to "Aristes", a contraction of the name Aristides, a Greek statesman.
In 1948, United Airlines Flight 624 hit a high-voltage powerline and crashed in Aristes. Notable victims of the crash included Broadway theatre impresario Earl Carroll and his girlfriend, actress Beryl Wallace; Henry L. Jackson, men's fashion editor of Collier's Weekly magazine and co-founder of Esquire magazine; and Venita Varden Oakie, the former wife of actor Jack Oakie.
Aristes is located in southern Columbia County at 40°49′8″N 76°20′22″W (40.818984, -76.339374), east of the center of Conyngham Township and northeast of Centralia.