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Old 11-01-2021, 11:13 AM
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Robinson is a 21 sq. mile largely rural and undeveloped township located in northwestern Washington County about 18-20 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh. It borders the boroughs of McDonald, Midway and Cecil Township to its south, Burgettstown area to the west, and Findlay and North Fayette townships in Allegheny County to its east (which separate it from the more well-known, populated, and commercialized township in Allegheny County of the same name). It is part of the Fort Cherry School District and has a population of 1,700.

Robinson Township began as one of Washington County's original 13 townships and began its legal existence in 1781. The erection of Allegheny County in 1788 as well as the formation of other townships in Washington County reduced its size over time and throughout the 19th Century to its current boundaries. The township presumably derives from Robinson Run, a small stream that runs through the area and is a tributary of Chartiers Creek. Most of the township's early settlers were farmers and coal mining became the dominant industry in the township throughout the 19th Century as many mines began operation, causing a boom in the area that lasted into the 20th Century.

Today, despite much modern commercial and residential development in its surrounding areas, Robinson Township in Washington County is still a predominantly rural area. There really isn't anything resembling a residential subdivision or business district. There are a few trailer parks and roadside businesses scattered throughout the township particularly in the Route 980, Noblestown Road, and Old Steubenville Pike areas. Most of the township's landscape is still dominated by woods, back country roads, and a few active, working farms. However, one new development within the township occurred over the last month, which was the opening of the second leg of Pittsburgh's Southern Beltway, from route 22 in the township to I-79 near Canonsburg area, to connect that area with Pittsburgh International Airport at a faster rate of speed. The beltway now comes right through the center of the township. While Robinson Township in Washington County has taken a large hit in population since 2000 (when it was at about 2,200), as many rural areas across the region and country have, as presumably in this case, people have moved into either West Hills or Canonsburg area suburbs to be closer to many opportunities, township officials seem to feel that that could change in the near future with the Southern Beltway's opening. Its close access to growing areas and opportunities, location across the Allegheny County line, and proximity to Pittsburgh could help it grow with business and residential opportunities. For the moment, it is still an area where its residents can enjoy the rural lifestyle while being close enough to a lot of amenities. Some popular outdoor/recreational opportunities within the township include the Montour Trail and Quicksilver Golf Course.
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