Introduction to Donora, Pennsylvania
Donora, Pennsylvania, in Washington county, is 19 miles S of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The town is in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, and as of the 2000 census, it had 5,653 residents.
The history of the area dates back to the early 1800s when Charles DeHaas established a settlement by the name of "Pittsborough". This name later changed to "Columbia", and then to "West Columbia". Even though some houses and a post office were built in the 1810s, development of the community gradually waned. For the next few decades, until the arrival of the Union Improvement Company in the late 1890s, lots were sold for very small sums. The Union Improvement Company laid out the town of "Donora" which was officially incorporated in 1901. The community name was derived from a combination of two names - businessman William Donner's, and banker Andrew Mellon's wife, Nora Mellon's. The Union Steel Company set up shop in the region in 1900, and has since grown into one of the largest plants in the United States. This company was largely responsible for bringing about industrial growth in the region. The town also witnessed the infamous Donora Smog of 1948 which resulted in the death of a large number of people.
Donora and Nearby Attractions
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- West Overton Village
- Bushy Run Battlefield
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Point State Park
- National Aviary
Things To Do In Donora
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History showcases artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance, while the Westmoreland Museum of American Art features collections of landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. Bushy Run Battlefield marks the site where the Anglo-Americans won a victory in 1763, during the Pontiac's War. Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, Andy Warhol Museum, Fort Pitt Museum, and Frick Art & Historical Center are some of the other museums and historic sites near Donora. Opportunities for boating, camping, swimming, hiking, and picnicking are available at the Ohiopyle State Park, and Keystone State Park. National Aviary, which is home to several hundreds of endangered and exotic birds, is another popular attraction in the area. Among other places to visit are the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, and Point State Park.
Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.
Donora Higher Education
California University of Pennsylvania, Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, and Community College of Allegheny County are some of the colleges near Donora.