Introduction to Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania
Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 9 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is included in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 6,076 people lived in Turtle Creek.
Turtle Creek History
The Iroquois tribe of Native Americans had a small community near the present-day site of Turtle Creek. White settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. George Westinghouse, an American entrepreneur and engineer, constructed a manufacturing plant in the 1880s which led to the growth and development of the community "Turtle Creek" which was named after a small stream that ran into the Monongahela River.
Turtle Creek and Nearby Attractions
- George Westinghouse Museum
- Bushy Run Battlefield
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Point State Park
- National Aviary
- Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
Things To Do In Turtle Creek
George Westinghouse Museum, located near Turtle Creek, houses various Westinghouse family artifacts, as well as company inventions and appliances. West Overton Village includes the Distillery Museum, the birthplace of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and Overholt Homestead. Westmoreland Museum of American Art features collections of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. The town also offers easy access to places of historic interest like the Bushy Run Battlefield, Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate, and Rachel Carson Homestead. Point State Park, a 36-acre area at the tip of the Golden Triangle, is a historic landmark which played an important role in the French and Indian War. Other popular attractions in the region are Caddie Shak Family Fun Park, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and the National Aviary.
Turtle Creek Transportation
The closest major airport is Pittsburgh International Airport.
Turtle Creek Higher Education
Carlow College, Duquesne University, Penn State McKeesport, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham College are some of the nearby colleges.