Introduction to Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette county, is 39 miles SE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Uniontown has a population of approximately 12,422.
This area was originally used by the Delaware and Shuwanese Indians as hunting grounds. Henry Beeson founded the "Town of Union" on July 4, 1776, however, the community was popularly referred to as "Beesontown". A post office was built in 1789, and Uniontown was officially incorporated in 1796. The National Road arrived in 1800, which led to significant development. Fort Necessity was built by George Washington during the French and Indian War. Jim Delligatti, McDonald's franchise owner in the city, invented the popular hamburger "Big Mac" in 1967.
Uniontown and Nearby Attractions
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield
- Early American Farm Implements Museum
- West Overton Village
- Ohiopyle State Park
- Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
Things To Do In Uniontown
West Overton Village, a place of historic interest near Uniontown, includes the birthplace of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the Distillery Museum, and the Overholt Homestead. Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, and Fallingwater are historic sites within 20 miles of the city. The Ohiopyle State Park, which occupies 19,000 acres, is situated on the Youghiogheny River Gorge. It offers facilities for boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking. The community also hosts the annual Uniontown Poultry & Farm Show in October.
Air transportation is available from the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
Uniontown Higher Education
Uniontown is home to Westmoreland County Community College - Uniontown Education Center, and Pennsylvania State University - Fayette Campus. California University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University are close by.