U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 03-08-2021, 07:15 AM
 
208 posts, read 107,072 times
Reputation: 39

Advertisements

Finleyville is a very small borough (0.17 mile), located in northeastern corner of Washington County, just south of the Allegheny County line. The borough appears to have been incorporated in 1896 and was originally known as "Rowgalley" until after a large contingent of Scots-Irish came to town including a number of "Finleys. Its population grew with the local railroad and coal industries dominating, to just shy of 700 in 1940 and has fallen to about just shy of 400 today. The town itself is very small and has show its sign of age, including only a few run-down looking homes, dive bars, and a church.

Due to Finleyville's small size, I figured I would make an exception in the alphabetical order this week and combine in with surrounding Union Township, the area that most think of as Finleyville. Union is a mid-size (15 square mile) exurban to rural township that comprises the main part of the area. Its is bordered by Jefferson Hills borough and South Park Township in Allegheny County to the north as well as the Monongahela River and Forward Township to its east, and Peters Township to the west. It was formed from parts of Peters Township and Nottingham Township (to its south), in the mid 1830's, and was named Union in favor of a new township. The township's economy was predominantly based on agriculture and the coal mining industries, like much of the area. It began to see a little bit of post-war exurban growth due to its location between in the industry in the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh South hills suburbs. Today, the township has a population of nearly 6,000 people and has seen a little growth due to some modern exurban developments. However, much of it is still undeveloped rural land on back windy, country roads. It even includes one of the area's largest recreational farms (Trax Farms).

One would think with its location just across the county line, highway access with Turnpike 43, and still having abundances of open land, that Union Township could be an area poised for future exurban growth spilling over from Allegheny County. However, possibly due to the economic conditions of the Mon Valley towns to the south, it may still remain somewhat rural with less people moving to the area. There aren't really many other businesses within the township except for a smaller Giant Eagle and a few small ones. Nonetheless, Union township seems to be a nice, safe exurban area with a good school district and a semi-rural atmosphere that one could enjoy while still being close enough to amenities.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-08-2021, 02:59 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
8,895 posts, read 11,978,108 times
Reputation: 5801
At first, I thought you were talking about (North and South) Union Township surrounding Uniontown, but that’s pretty far removed, even by exurban standards. There are actually some nice areas out that way. There’s even a monies section (by highly relative local standards) in the Leith-Hatfield area.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-14-2021, 01:32 AM
 
44 posts, read 19,206 times
Reputation: 63
Quote:
Originally Posted by runpens1 View Post
Finleyville is a very small borough (0.17 mile), located in northeastern corner of Washington County, just south of the Allegheny County line. The borough appears to have been incorporated in 1896 and was originally known as "Rowgalley" until after a large contingent of Scots-Irish came to town including a number of "Finleys. Its population grew with the local railroad and coal industries dominating, to just shy of 700 in 1940 and has fallen to about just shy of 400 today. The town itself is very small and has show its sign of age, including only a few run-down looking homes, dive bars, and a church.

Due to Finleyville's small size, I figured I would make an exception in the alphabetical order this week and combine in with surrounding Union Township, the area that most think of as Finleyville. Union is a mid-size (15 square mile) exurban to rural township that comprises the main part of the area. Its is bordered by Jefferson Hills borough and South Park Township in Allegheny County to the north as well as the Monongahela River and Forward Township to its east, and Peters Township to the west. It was formed from parts of Peters Township and Nottingham Township (to its south), in the mid 1830's, and was named Union in favor of a new township. The township's economy was predominantly based on agriculture and the coal mining industries, like much of the area. It began to see a little bit of post-war exurban growth due to its location between in the industry in the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh South hills suburbs. Today, the township has a population of nearly 6,000 people and has seen a little growth due to some modern exurban developments. However, much of it is still undeveloped rural land on back windy, country roads. It even includes one of the area's largest recreational farms (Trax Farms).

One would think with its location just across the county line, highway access with Turnpike 43, and still having abundances of open land, that Union Township could be an area poised for future exurban growth spilling over from Allegheny County. However, possibly due to the economic conditions of the Mon Valley towns to the south, it may still remain somewhat rural with less people moving to the area. There aren't really many other businesses within the township except for a smaller Giant Eagle and a few small ones. Nonetheless, Union township seems to be a nice, safe exurban area with a good school district and a semi-rural atmosphere that one could enjoy while still being close enough to amenities.
Also worth noting Finleyville has a small airport on the hill above town.

It is a very painful commute into the city from these areas. 88 and 51 suck, and few will pay for the toll road that only goes a few miles north and ends at 51, far from the city. Even if you work in the Washington/Canonsburg area, it’s not a quick drive to get there even if you use the toll road. I think this isolation has more to do with the lack of development than anything else.

I’ve always been amazed at the sudden change in scenery on 88 south, after endless suburbia, you climb that hill out of Library and get to Trax Farm and suddenly you’re in rural PA
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top