North Braddock, Pennsylvania

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North Braddock is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. North Braddock was organized from a part of Braddock Township in 1897. North Braddock is a suburb 11 miles (18 km) east of Pittsburgh, PA with a 15 minute travel time to the city. The borough is in the Mon Valley along the Monongahela River and is bordered by the towns of Braddock, Braddock Hills, Chalfant, East Pittsburgh, Forest Hills, Swissvale, and Wilkins Township. North Braddock is made up of three jurisdictional voting wards which are often used to describe specific areas of town.

It is notable that U.S. Route 30 highway stretches through North Braddock before reaching the George Westinghouse Bridge. The Port Authority bus line passes through all three wards and provides accessible transportation to downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

The current year marks the 113th year of the borough's existence dating back to 1897. North Braddock once operated its own school district but was incorporated into what is known today as the Woodland Hills School District. As of the 2008 the estimated borough population was 5,821, a huge decline from its 1940 population of 15,679. The decline is due largely to the diminishing steel industry in the Mon Valley specifically the Edgar Thomson Steel Works, which formerly employed many residents.

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History

Dating back to 1742 a Scottish trader named John Frazier from Philadelphia had acquired land at the location of the current Edgar Thomson Steel Works from Queen Aliquippa and the Lenape. Frazier settled his family on location and in 1753 both Christopher Gist and General George Washington met with Frazier while delivering messages from Governor Robert Dinwiddie in Virginia to French commanders in the Pittsburgh region. Dinwiddie urged the French commanders to withdraw from the Pittsburgh area. Fearing that a conflict was on the horizon, Frazier returned to Philadelphia in 1754.

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