Place:Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameElizabeth
TypeBorough
Coordinates40.271°N 79.886°W
Located inAllegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
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Elizabeth is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Monongahela River, where Pennsylvania Route 51 crosses, upstream (south) of Pittsburgh and close to the county line. The population was 1,493 at the 2010 census. The borough of Elizabeth is entirely contained within the 15037 USPS ZIP code.

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History

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  • 1787 - Elizabeth (formerly Elizabeth Town) was founded by Samuel Mackay, Colonel Stephen Bayard and his wife Elizabeth Mackay Bayard (for whom the town was named).
  • 1788 - Elizabeth was one of the first seven townships organized by Allegheny County; the others being Moon, St. Clair, Mifflin, Versailles, Plum, and Pitt. The original Elizabeth Township comprised the entire triangle of land between the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers. In addition to present-day Elizabeth Borough and Elizabeth Township, this also included areas which are now Forward Township, Lincoln Borough, Port Vue Borough, Liberty Borough, the City of Glassport, and the Tenth Ward of the City of McKeesport.
  • 1803 - The keelboat used for the first stages of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was built in Elizabeth. (This claim is disputed by the city of Pittsburgh, which makes a similar claim. See references below.)
  • 1834 - On April 2, 1834, a charter was issued to incorporate the Town of Elizabeth as a borough.
  • 1869 - Forward Township and Lincoln Township were separated from Elizabeth Township.

Early industry

Among the earliest industries of Elizabeth were glass making, safe making, steamboat building, and ship building. The town had two coal inclines in 1876, the O'Neil and Company Coal Incline on pool 1, and the Lobb's Run Incline on pool 2.

Nike missile site

From 1956 to 1963, Elizabeth was the location of a Nike anti-aircraft missile site.

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