Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania: From Past to Present

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History of Wilkinsburg

Wilkinsburg is a borough of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Pittsburg Metropolitan Area, it has been inhabited by Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. In the early 18th-century, as European traders arrived in the area, they began establishing colonial sites. By the mid-1700s, Fort Duquesne was constructed by the French. During the French and Indian War from 1754 to 1763, the area became a major battleground.

As the American Revolutionary War came and went, Wilkinsburg continued to grow. In 1769, the Land Company of the Colony of Pennsylvania started offering deeds in the area. Andrew Levi Levy, Sr., acquired 266 acres of woodland and named it Africa. He then sold his deed in 1788 to William Thompson, who sold it to Col. Dunning Mcnair. In 1790, McNair laid out the village of McNairstown on present-day Penn Avenue. By 1812, the village had become known as Wilkinsburgh in honor of a wartime friend of McNair, Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army John Wilkins Jr. That same year, McNair deeded land to Patrick Green.

With the increase in mining and manufacturing operations from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, the area flourished. On October 5, 1887, the Borough of Wilkinsburg was incorporated. As of the 2010 census, the borough has a population of 15,930 people and a total area of 2.3 square miles. It is bordered by:

  • East Hills on the north
  • Penn Hills Township on the northeast
  • Churchhill on the east
  • Forest Hills on the southeast
  • Edgewood on the south
  • Swissvale on the southwest
  • Regent Square, North Point Breeze and Point Breeze on the west
  • Homewood South on the northwest

You can also read on about the Town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

UPMC Graham Field

UPMC Graham Field is an athletic field of Chatham University. Located on Princeton Boulevard, just off of Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg, the field is open for use to the students of the Wilkinsburg School District. The community can also utilize it for pee wee football leagues, high school football, summer sports camps, and other community groups. A $3 million revitalization project has been completed on the athletic fields. Renovations included new lighting, seating and grass field. UPMC Field will now serve as the new home for the university's soccer and lacrosse teams.

Hunter Park

Hunter Park is a community park in Wilkinsburg. Encompassing around 9 acres of land, it provides a perfect recreational and relaxation area for residents and visitors to the borough. Bounded by Coal Street, James Street and East Swissvale Avenue, the park feature a baseball field, playground, basketball courts, picnic tables and wooded areas.

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