Beaver, Pennsylvania

Beaver is a borough in and the county seat of Beaver County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[5] It is located at the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers, approximately 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Pittsburgh. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 4,531. The borough is a Tree City USA community.[6]

Robert Linn was the mayor of Beaver for 58 years, from 1946 to 2004, making him one of the longest serving mayors in the United States.

Beaver, Pennsylvania
Borough of Beaver
Along Third Street in downtown Beaver
Along Third Street in downtown Beaver
Location in Beaver County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Beaver County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°41′41″N 80°18′27″W / 40.69472°N 80.30750°WCoordinates: 40°41′41″N 80°18′27″W / 40.69472°N 80.30750°W
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.12 sq mi (2.91 km2)
 • Land0.92 sq mi (2.37 km2)
 • Water0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
791 ft (241 m)
 • Total4,531
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,779.48/sq mi (1,845.65/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s)724 Exchange: 775
FIPS code42-04688
Beaver Historic District
First Christian Church, Beaver
First Christian Church, a part of the district
Beaver Historic District map
Map of the Beaver Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, Fair Ave., 5th St., 3rd St., and Sassafras Ln.
Area317 acres (128 ha)
Architectural styleItalianate, Queen Anne, American Foursquare
NRHP reference #96001201[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 24, 1996
Designated PHMCSeptember 25, 1946[4]


This area around Beaver was once home to Shawnee Indians, who were later displaced by groups such as the Mingoes and the Delawares. It was part of the Ohio Country that was in dispute during the French and Indian War.

Beaver became the site of Fort McIntosh, a Revolutionary War era Patriot frontier fort. After the war, the fort was the home of the First American Regiment, the oldest active unit in the US Army. The fort was abandoned in 1788 and razed a short time later. By then, the frontier had moved westward and there was no further need for a permanent garrison to protect the area.

The community was laid out in 1792. In 1800, it became the county seat of the newly formed Beaver County. The first county court was established in Beaver in 1804. Growth was steady until 1879 when the arrival of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad caused a major growth spurt. In February 1884 a massive flood caused extensive damage. In 1974, an archeological excavation was conducted at the site of Fort McIntosh.

In late 2007, local officials proposed the consolidation of Beaver with Brighton Township. According to a report by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, the two municipalities would possibly derive a significant financial benefit from uniting. Also being considered was the type of combination: either merger, in which one of the municipalities would be annexed by the other, or consolidation, in which the two would become a single new municipality under a new name. Any union would have required voter approval.[7]


Beaver is located at 40°41′38″N 80°18′29″W / 40.69389°N 80.30806°W (40.693865, -80.307944).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (13.89%) is water.

Beaver Historic District

In 1996, almost the entire community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.[3] Centered on Beaver's commercial Third Street, the buildings in the district date primarily to the nineteenth century, although some twentieth-century structures are present. Some of the district's most prominent buildings are five churches and the county courthouse, although most of the district consists of residential neighborhoods. Included in the boundaries of the district is the Matthew S. Quay House, the National Historic Landmark home of Beaver native Senator Matthew Quay, and the site of Fort McIntosh, a fort constructed in the 1780s.[9]

Surrounding and adjacent neighborhoods

Beaver has three land borders with Brighton Township to the north, Bridgewater to the east, and Vanport Township to the west. Across the Ohio River to the south, Beaver runs adjacent with Monaca to the southeast, Center Township to the south, and Potter Township to the southwest.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,378[2]−3.4%

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 4,775 people, 2,112 households, and 1,260 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,119.3 people per square mile (1,982.4/km²). There were 2,297 housing units at an average density of 2,462.6 per square mile (953.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.44% White, 2.64% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 2,112 households, out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $42,113, and the median income for a family was $57,208. Males had a median income of $43,198 versus $26,709 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,003. About 3.7% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "2011 Tree Cities USA Communities in Pennsylvania". Arbor Day Foundation. May 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  7. ^ Bruni, Jessica. "Analysis may back Beaver, Brighton merger," Beaver County Times, 2007-10-25, pp. A1, A3.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Taylor, David S. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Beaver Historic District, National Park Service, 1996-07-06, Inventory of Beaver Historic District properties, and Accompanying map
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  13. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
  14. ^ Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8.

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Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Beaver County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 170,539. Its county seat is Beaver. The county was created on March 12, 1800, from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. It took its name from the Beaver River.Beaver County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Daniel Agnew

Daniel Agnew was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1873 to 1879.

Agnew was born at Trenton, New Jersey on January 5, 1809, and was of Irish/Welsh heritage. His father was a Princeton-educated doctor; his mother was part of the Howell family that was prominent in New Jersey affairs of that era. The family moved to Pittsburgh, when Agnew was about four years old. Agnew grew up there, attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh), and then studied law with two experienced attorneys. He was admitted to the bar in 1829, at age 20 and began practicing law.He soon relocated his legal practice about 35 miles north, to the town of Beaver, Pennsylvania, the county seat of Beaver County. He became an expert on land titles, an important topic in western Pennsylvania at that time. In his retirement he used this expertise to write a book on the subject, published in 1887 and entitled: A History of the Region of Pennsylvania North of the Ohio and West of the Allegheny River, of the Indian Purchases, and the Running of the Southern, Northern and Western Boundaries. In 1831, he married Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Robert Moore, a prominent citizen and politician in Beaver.In 1836, he was chosen as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Pennsylvania. In 1851, he was appointed to fill a vacancy as President Judge of a four-county district. Within a few months, he was elected to a full ten-year term for that position; in 1861, he was elected to a second ten-year term.

In 1863, he attracted statewide attention for a speech that he gave with the title Our National Constitution: Its Adaptation to a State of War or Insurrection. Subsequently, he was nominated in 1864 to run for a seat as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Running on a Republican ticket that also included the popular Republican governor Andrew Curtin, Agnew defeated the incumbent, then-Chief Justice Walter H. Lowrie. In 1873, he became the Chief Justice.

His service on the Court included writing the opinion in the case of Commonwealth v. Drum, which is often cited as the foundation authority on the legal definition of murder in Pennsylvania.At the conclusion of his term in 1879, Agnew retired to his home in Beaver and from that point handled only a very few select legal matters. He occupied his time by writing a number of pamphlets devoted to the history of the Beaver area. His health began to decline around 1899 and he died on March 9, 1902. He was survived by two sons and two daughters. He was predeceased by his wife and possibly a daughter.Agnew was in the Whig Party until the Republican Party was being organized in the late 1850s. He assisted in that party's organization and was thereafter known as a Republican. He attended the Methodist Episcopal church. He received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Washington College (1864) and Dickinson College (1880), both in Pennsylvania.

Don Kennedy

Donald Kennedy (born June 10, 1930 in Beaver, Pennsylvania) is a radio, TV personality and voice talent whose career began in the late 1940s with a radio announcer spot on PA station WPIC.In the mid-1950s, Kennedy was a contributor to NBC's Monitor radio show where he developed several features, including one about a local character known as the Goat Man.He is remembered as Officer Don, the host of the long-running Atlanta children's TV show The Popeye Club (1956 to 1970). During his time at the Popeye Club, Kennedy established WKLS, an FM Atlanta radio station, serving as station President and General Manager. It's rumored that the K in the call letters was for his last name.

He is most currently known for his voicework playing Tansit in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and several characters on The Brak Show and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He began hosting Big Band Jump, an internationally syndicated radio show devoted to music from the Big Band era, in 1986. He later added a second syndicated program, the self-titled "Don Kennedy Show," that featured general pop vocals and instrumentals from the 1940s through the 1970s, as well as modern renditions from the Great American Songbook.

Kennedy is the recipient of several awards including the Silver Circle Award, two Emmys, awards from Pioneer Broadcaster and Georgia Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and honorary membership in the Di Gamma Kappa Broadcast Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Kennedy continues to support causes including President of the Georgia Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy, treasurer of the Atlanta Humane Society, board member of the Atlanta Cancer Society, as well as volunteering as a reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service for the Blind.

During the summer of 2013, Don Kennedy announced that he would be retiring from radio, ending his work on the syndicated "Big Band Jump" and "Don Kennedy Show." The final broadcasts of both programs took place on the weekend of September 28–29, 2013.

Television character actor Don Kennedy (aka Derrick Slaugenhaupt, born 1920) is often confused with TV/Radio personality Don Kennedy above. Their information and credits are intertwined on the Internet Movie Data Base. The character actor appeared in many TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s such as 'The Rifleman'.

Jerald Ingram

Jerald Ingram (born December 24, 1960) is an American football coach and a former player. He played college football at the fullback position for the University of Michigan from 1979 to 1981 and later served as the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995–2003) and New York Giants (2004–2013) of the National Football League (NFL).

Jim Christiana

James J. Christiana III (born 1983) is a Republican former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The great-grandson of Italian immigrants, Christiana is a fourth-generation resident of Beaver County, Pennsylvania and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Beaver High School in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 2002.He attended Washington & Jefferson College, where he played on the men's soccer team. As a college senior in 2005, Christiana became the youngest member of the Beaver Borough Council. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in political science. He also worked as a sales consultant at the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a Republican member of the Beaver Borough Council, Christiana served as the chair of the Finance Committee.In November 2008, he defeated Democratic incumbent Vince Biancucci to represent the 15th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.In April 2017, Christiana announced he was running for Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, seeking to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Robert Casey. Christiana was running against Berwick borough councilman Andrew Shecktor, who dropped out of the US Senate race, and ran for the US House instead. He was defeated by Congressman Lou Barletta.

Joe Palumbo

Joseph C. "Joe" Palumbo (August 1, 1929 – December 5, 2013) was an American football guard. He played college football for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. He was elected into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

John Allison (Representative)

John Allison (August 5, 1812 – March 23, 1878) was an American politician, most notably serving in the U.S. House as a Representative of Pennsylvania during the 1850s.Allison was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania and grew up to study law. He was the son of James Allison, Jr. He was admitted to the bar, but did not practice, instead establishing a hat factory. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1846, 1847, and 1849; he ran successfully for the U.S. House as a Whig in the 1850 election. He lost his bid for re-election in 1852, but won back the seat in 1854 as an Oppositionist. He then retired from the House in 1856.After retiring from the House, he was active in the politics of the nascent Republican Party; he served as a delegate to their 1856 convention, where he nominated Abraham Lincoln for Vice President.On April 3, 1869, Allison was appointed Register of the U.S. Treasury, a post he held until his death. He was interred in Beaver Cemetery.

John Skorupan

John Paul Skorupan (born May 17, 1951 in Beaver, Pennsylvania) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. He played college football at Penn State University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He is notable for being the last player to play right outside linebacker for the Giants before Lawrence Taylor took over for the next 13 seasons.

Louis E. Graham

Louis Edward Graham (August 4, 1880 – November 9, 1965) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

New Beaver, Pennsylvania

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Ralph Francis Scalera

Ralph Francis Scalera (June 28, 1930 – January 27, 2011) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ted Reed

Ralph Edwin Reed (October 18, 1890 in Beaver, Pennsylvania – February 16, 1959) was a professional baseball player who played 1 season for the Newark Pepper of the Federal League.

Reed played college baseball at both Dartmouth College and Princeton University.

The Beaver County Times

The Beaver County Times is a daily newspaper published in Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States and serving the north-western Pittsburgh suburbs. The Times is a direct descendant of many of Beaver County's newspapers, starting with the Minerva, first published in 1807, and generally believed to have been the county's first newspaper. The Beaver Times was founded by Michael Weyland and was published from 1851 to 1895, when the name was changed to the Beaver Argus. It was changed again to The Daily Times, which was published from 1909 to 1946 and operated by John L. Stewart and E. L. Freeland. It was sold in 1946 to S. W. Calkins, who combined it with the Aliquippa Gazette, which he acquired in 1943. The paper was known as The Beaver Valley Times until 1956, when it became The Beaver County Times after its acquisition of the Ambridge Daily Citizen. In 1979, The Times purchased the only other daily newspaper in the county, The News Tribune of Beaver Falls.

The Times currently produces over-the-top content including their flagship news program The Times Today, Game On, History in a Minute, Get Out This Weekend, and more.One of the paper's biggest milestones was when the publications changed from evening to morning on April 7, 1997.

Archival issues of The Beaver County Times can be viewed online at Google News.Times owner Calkins Media was acquired by GateHouse Media in 2017.

Tom McCreery

Thomas Livingston "Tom" McCreery (October 19, 1874 – July 3, 1941) was an outfielder and pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Louisville Colonels (1895–1897), New York Giants (1897–1898), Pittsburgh Pirates (1898–1900), Brooklyn Superbas (1901–1903) and Boston Beaneaters (1903). McCreery was a switch hitter and threw right-handed.

McCreery was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and debuted with the Louisville Colonels in 1895, primarily as a starting pitcher, and posted a 3–1 record with a shutout. In 1896 McCreery switched to outfield, and he responded with a .351 batting average, 65 runs batted in, 91 runs, 26 stolen bases, a .546 slugging percentage, and led the National League with 21 triples.

In 1897, McCreery posted career-highs in runs (91), stolen bases (28), RBI (67), games played (138), and hit .289. On July 12, he hit three inside-the-park home runs, becoming the only player in major league history to hit three inside-homers in a single game. He also played in part of seven seasons with the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Superbas, hitting .323 for Pittsburgh in 1899. He played his final major league game with the Boston Beaneaters in 1903.

In a nine-season career, McCreery was a .290 hitter with 26 home runs and 386 RBI in 799 games.

An alumnus of Georgetown University, McCreery served as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh's baseball team in 1912. McCreery died in Beaver, Pennsylvania, at the age of 66.

William Marks (Pennsylvania)

William Marks (October 13, 1778 – April 10, 1858) was an American lawyer and politician from Beaver, Pennsylvania. He served in both houses in the state legislature and was the Speaker for the House from 1813 to 1819. He later represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

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