Place:West Newton, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameWest Newton
Alt namesWest Sidesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS42028897
TypeBorough
Coordinates40.209°N 79.769°W
Located inWestmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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West Newton, located southeast of Pittsburgh, is a borough in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Formerly, the manufacture of radiators and boilers were the chief industries. The population was 2,633 at the 2010 census.

History

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The town traces its roots to 1788, when a group of American pioneers to the Northwest Territory led by Gen. Rufus Putnam traveled overland from Massachusetts and stopped at this location to build boats. They then set out down the Youghiogheny River to the Monogahela and Ohio Rivers, ending their journey and founding the town of Marietta, Ohio. Former names of the town are Simeral's Ferry (also, Sumrill’s Ferry) and Robbstown. Eighteen miners lost their lives in West Newton in 1901 at the Port Royal Mine.

The Dick Building and Plumer House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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