Introduction to Farrell, Pennsylvania
Farrell, Pennsylvania, in Mercer county, is 11 miles NE of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 59 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is considered part of the Sharon metropolitan area.
In 1901, when a steel mill was constructed in the area bordering the Shenango River, a community grew almost overnight which caused the place to be nicknamed "The Magic City." In 1916, the community was incorporated as the Borough of South Sharon. In 1932, following an increase in population, it was reincorporated as a city. At this time, the area was renamed "Farrell" in honor of the industrialist, James A. Farrell. The mill, which later came to be known as the Roemer Works of Sharon Steel Corporation, was a major contributor to the city's economy till 1992, when it was liquidated. The assets were purchased by Swiss steelmaker Duferco, and it continued the operations of the plant. In 1987, the State of Pennsylvania declared Farrell to be a financially distressed municipality. However, in recent years, the economy of Farrell has been revived due to new industrial investments.
Farrell and Nearby Attractions
- Magoffin House Museum
- National McKinley Birthplace Memorial
- Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
- Maurice K. Goddard State Park
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- National Aviary
Things To Do In Farrell
The Magoffin House Museum features exhibits of historical importance. Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor showcases artifacts depicting the impact of iron and steel industries on the Mahoning Valley. Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts has a fine arts library, art galleries, classrooms, and studios. Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Moraine State Park, and McConnells Mill State Park offer opportunities for fishing, camping, swimming, boating, mountain biking, hiking, and picnicking. National Aviary, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Cleveland Botanical Garden are some of the other popular places to visit in the region.
Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Farrell Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Penn State Shenango, Thiel College, Westminster College, and Youngstown State University.