Introduction to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny county, is 10 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is in the Pittsburgh area.
The area now known as Coraopolis was initially called "Middletown." Capt. Robert Vance, a native of Virginia and the first settler, constructed a stone blockhouse and a log stockade building in 1795. The Watson family built Coraopolis' first saw mill. The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad entered the region in 1877, and development took place along this railroad. The community was officially incorporated in 1886, and named "Coraopolis" in honor of Cora Watson, a daughter of the Watson family. The community's name is also the Greek word for "city." Following the discovery of oil in Coraopolis in 1890, the area experienced a population explosion.
Coraopolis and Nearby Attractions
- Old Economy Historical Site
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Fort Pitt Museum
- National Aviary
- Raccoon Creek State Park
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Things To Do In Coraopolis
Exhibits housed in the Fort Pitt Museum depict the history of the region during the French and Indian War. Old Economy Historical Site marks the area where a utopian community was established by the Harmony Society in 1824. Coraopolis also offers easy access to other museums and historic sites like the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, George Westinghouse Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, and Clayton - Henry Clay Frick Estate. Raccoon Creek State Park, which is situated on more than 7,300 acres, features a lake and offers opportunities for boating, hiking, fishing, camping, and picnicking. National Aviary, which is home to more than 600 endangered and exotic birds, is another popular attraction near Coraopolis.
Air transportation is available from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Coraopolis Higher Education
Colleges near Coraopolis are Community College of Allegheny County, Robert Morris College, Point Park University, and La Roche College.