Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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Beaver Falls is a city in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 9,920 at the 2000 census. It is located 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, and on the Beaver River, six miles (9 km) from its confluence with the Ohio River. A variety of manufacturing plants had kept the residents busy in the twentieth century; however, the city has suffered a fair amount of economic malaise lately due to the decline in the steel-making capacity in the region.

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History

Originally called Brighton, Beaver Falls was chartered as a borough in 1868. It adopted the commission form of government in 1913.

Population counts were as follows:

Nearly 50% of the population had dropped between 1940 and 2000, which is attributed mostly to its central location in the Rust Belt.

Travellers would often stop in Beaver Falls while going through Western Pennsylvania since there were many modes of transportation through the area. Some of these modes included the Beaver and Erie Canal (1844–1872), the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (1875–1993), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (1952–present). The city was linked to Ellwood City in 1914 by the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, an interurban trolley line. The line closed on 15 June 1931.

The city is best known in fiction as the setting of the television situation comedy Mr. Belvedere. On May 31, 1985, an F3 tornado hit just north of the city as it went across northern portions of Beaver County, as part of the 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak.[1] The plates for United States paper currency are manufactured here. Geneva College is located in the College Hill neighborhood on the north side of the city. The world's first recorded college basketball game occurred in the city on April 8, 1893 when the intramural team from Geneva College defeated the New Brighton YMCA.

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