Introduction to McKeesport, Pennsylvania
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 9 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is included in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 24,040 people lived in McKeesport.
John McKee, the original settler of Philadelphia, built a log cabin where the McKeesport now stands. John McKee took over his father's, David McKee, local river ferry business and also laid the plan for the city, which he wanted to be called McKee's Port. The McKee family settled in 1795 and coal mining began in 1830 which caused McKeesport to flourish. It was incorporated as a borough in 1842 and then as a city in 1891.
McKeesport and Nearby Attractions
- George Westinghouse Museum
- Bushy Run Battlefield
- Point State Park
- National Aviary
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Blue Knob
Things To Do In McKeesport
Some of the museums in the area are the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Frick Art & Historical Center, George Westinghouse Museum, and Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. The area also has many historic sites, namely, Bushy Run Battlefield, Old Economy Historical Site, and Rachel Carson Homestead. McKeesport also has several parks like, Beaver Creek State Park, Blue Spruce County Park, and Hillman State Park. other popular attractions include the National Aviary, and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Flights are available from Pittsburgh International Airport.
McKeesport Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University - McKeesport Campus is the local college. Some of the colleges located nearby are Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.