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Historic Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

When the first Europeans arrived in southwestern Pennsylvania in the early 1790's, they set the stage for a drama that was to extend over the next two centuries. The story of these settlers and the experience of their descendants and the later waves of immigrants who followed them to the Allegheny Mountains, has become a take of an American Transformation.

Beginning with the first colonial settlers, through the French and Indian War, Pontiac's Rebellion, the development of the National Road, the Pennsylvania Canal era, the rise of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the transitions from charcoal to coke production and iron foundries to steel mills, rise of affiliated industries sich as aluminum and glass, and the creation of the 20th Century highways the experience of the people who live in the Allegheny Mountains and their foothills and adjacent plains is, collectively, the story of the transformation from rural agrarian soceity through the Industrial Age and into the modern era.

Westmoreland Museum of Art - Greensburg PA Westmoreland County was known as "Mother of the Western Counties" because 16 counties have been formed from its original colonial territory.

Latrobe is the birthplace of golf legend Arnie Palmer, Fred Rogers (of TV's "Mister Rogers" fame), Rolling Rock Beer, and the banana split.

Vandergrift was a planned community designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, described as a "workers paradise."

Murrysville is the site of the nation's oldest gas well still in operation.

 
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