Introduction to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, in Beaver county, is 18 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Part of the surrounding Pittsburgh metro area, the city is not isolated.
The area, which was originally inhabited by the Delawares, Iroquois, and Shawnees, was an Indian village in the mid-1700s when French traders established professional relationships with the natives. Later, the British took over and named it "Logstown." White settlers established saw mills and grist mills in the 1770s. According to tradition, the community was named "Aliquippa" in honor of Queen Aliquippa, a pro-British Iroquois leader of the 18th century. The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad entered the region in the late 19th century. A part of the Logstown community was incorporated as the Borough of Aliquippa in 1892, and in 1905, the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company founded a productive steel mill in Aliquippa. When this mill closed down in the 1980s, the city suffered major economic losses.
Aliquippa and Nearby Attractions
- Old Economy Village
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate
- National Aviary
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
- Beaver Creek State Park
Things To Do In Aliquippa
The city is home to several parks which provide opportunities for various sports and other activities. Some of the parks are Paul Corsi Jr. Park, Morrell Field, and Jesse Bell Walker Park. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Fort Pitt Museum showcase exhibits that highlight the area's cultural and historical heritage. Old Economy Village, a place of historic interest near Aliquippa, is a restored 19th-century community established by the Harmony Society. Another popular place to visit is the National Aviary, which is home to more than 600 endangered and exotic birds.
Pittsburgh International Airport is located close by.
Aliquippa Higher Education
Community College of Beaver County, Geneva College, and Penn State Beaver are some of the colleges near Aliquippa.