Introduction to California, Pennsylvania
California, Pennsylvania, in Washington county, is 26 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. California has a population of approximately 5,274.
Samuel Young was one of the first settlers of the region. He sold it to Robert Jackman in 1784, and several years later, when a 6 person company bought land around the region, California was established. It was named after the State of California where gold was discovered the same year. Over the years, the region developed around a boat building industry which became its leading industry. Consequently, a shipping yard was established by the founders of the region. California was incorporated as a borough in 1853.
California and Nearby Attractions
- Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield
- West Overton Village
- Laurel Hill State Park
Things To Do In California
A variety of outdoor activities can be pursued at the "Caddie Shak Family Fun Park" which is situated on 50 acres. The "Laurel Hill State Park" is 3,935 acres of mountain terrain surrounded by forests and diverse wildlife. "Fort Necessity National Battlefield" is a historical site related to the French and Indian War. Other attractions around the area include "West Overton Village" and "Bushy Run Battlefield".
Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.
California Higher Education
The Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Point Park University and Robert Morris College offer higher education.