Article taken from the Sesquicentennial Souvenir Program published in 1956.
Monument Honors Pioneer Hero
By Willard L. Lewis
One of the most prominent figures among the pioneers in this area was William Crawford. Born in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1732, he became acquainted with George Washington in his youth. The friendship ripened and was never broken.
Crawford made his first trip west of the mountains in the army of General Forbes in 1758. He was so impressed with the country that he resolved to make it his home. In company with a half-brother, Hugh Stepheson, he surveyed a tract of 376 1/4 acres where the West Side of Connellsville is now located and put up his cabin.
In the spring of 1782 Colonel Crawford was commissioned by General Washington to raise and command a regiment of volunteers to stop Indian raids.
At Sandusky, Ohio, Crawford's outfit was defeated and the colonel captured. He was burned at the stake, dying after two hours of torture by his captors. He was 50 at the time of his death. On the lawn of the Carnegie Free Library is a statue representing his rugged likeness.