The history of Beaver County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 40 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: "Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania" (1843) by Sherman Day; "An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and "My Pennsylvania," a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details. The communities mentioned include: Aliquippa, Ambridge (site of Economy), Beaver Falls (formerly Brighton), Beaver, Bridgewater, Conway, Darlington, Ellwood, Fallston, Frankfort, Freedom, Glasgow, Hookstown, Industry, Koppel, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, Phillipsburg, Rochester (Bolesville), and Sharon. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or emphasis. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: County terrain and geological traits; Early Settlers; Extraordinary Assets – Canals for Ready Transportation, Waterfall for Power, Fine Bottom Lands and Rich Coal Mines; Morovian Brethren, Converting Indians Despite Jealous Medicine Men; Washington’s Visits to Area; Tanacharison, Mingo Chief; An Adventure of Capt. Brady, Noted Indian Fighter; School of Speculation; Failure of the U.S. Bank; Improvements on the Beaver River; the Town of Freedom – Built in a Week!; the Harmony Society, a search for Religious Freedom, settlement at Economy led by Frederick Rapp; Society Duped by County de Leon; Ban on Marriage, Decreasing Membership; Desolution of the Society and Preservation of Buildings; State Soldiers’ Orphan School; Rochester – Site of Logan’s Town; Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. and Other Early Industries; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The excerpts from the recently added fourth book include a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include: Towns About the Mouth of Beaver River (small map); Beaver; New Brighton and Part of Fallston; Economy; Beaver College; View of New Brighton; View of Beaver Falls; Assembly Hall at Economy; Church of the Harmonists.
Beaver County, PA
Sources: History of Beaver County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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