The Story of Washington, PA

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The child sexual abuse attorneys in Washington are happy to sponsor the following article for visitors and residents of the city. We hope you can learn something new about the area's history and features.

Summary of Washington

Washington is a city in the Greater Pittsburgh Region of Pennsylvania. Also the county seat of Washington County, it was settled by immigrants from Scotland, the north of Ireland, and settlers from eastern and central colonial Virginia around 1768. Before then, the area was part of a camp governed by Tangooqua – a Delaware Indian chief commonly known as "catfish."

On March 28th of 1781, the Pennsylvania General Assembly created Washington County and named "Catfish Camp" as the place to hold the first election. The county was the first in the United States to be named in honor of George Washington. David Hoge began to lay out a plan of lots, with lots dedicated for a courthouse and a ground for recreational purposes. In 1791, the town was the center of the Whiskey Rebellion. On February 13, 1810, it was incorporated as a borough. In 1924, the borough was incorporated as the City of Washington of the third class.

From the 1880s to the early 1900s, the discovery of oil and natural gas in the oil fields of Washington lead to a booming period for the city. The Washington Electric Street Railways were constructed by James B. Wilson in November of 1890. In 1903, the Washington and Canonsburg Railway Company's trolley line linked Washington to Canonsburg, PA. The company was later bought by the Pittsburgh Railway Company and its line closed on August 29, 1953. Some sections of the line, along with a number of trolley cars, are preserved and on display at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

Today, the city of Washington is bordered by the South Strabane Township. North Franklin Township, Canton Township and East Washington. As of the 2020 census, it has a population of 13,176 people and a total area of 3.3 square miles.

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College was founded in 1781 by three frontier missionaries of the Presbyterian church: Thaddeus Dod, John McMillian and Joseph Smith. The private liberal arts college was originally two competing colleges. In 1865, they merged to form Washington & Jefferson College. Today, the 60-acre campus is focused on providing its students with a traditional liberal arts education and pre-professional classes. It offers 32 majors and27 minors. Classified as a "more selective" college by the U.S. News & World Report and Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, it only admits 38.2% of its applicants.

Washington Park

Washington Park is a recreational park for residents and visitors of the city. Situated on Dunn Avenue, it provides amenities like:

  • T.W.I.S.T. Girls Softball Fields
  • Mustang Fields
  • P.O.N.Y. Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Vernon Neal Center
  • Outdoor Pool and Waterslide
  • Playground
  • Main Pavilion
  • Kiwanis Pavilion
  • Stone Pavilion
  • Lions Club Pavilion
  • Nature Trails
  • Concession Stand
  • Log Cabin

The park is managed by the City of Washington Parks and Recreation Department and is open daily from 12 to 6:15 p.m. Follow along the journey with the Park of Washington Square, Pennsylvania.

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