South Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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South Greensburg is a borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,280 at the 2000 census.



In 1780, Michael Rugh acquired title to 229.25 acres (0.9277 km2), which he operated as a farm. The land was passed on to his son, Jacob Rugh, and later to Jacob's son, Peter Rugh. The Rugh family house is still extant at 1213 Broad Street.[1] The current building dates from the Civil War, but was built on the foundation of a much older structure. The area was known as Rughtown, although it was not yet a town in any meaningful sense.

In the 1870s, a local industrialist, George Franklin Huff, bought 189 acres (0.76 km2) of the Rugh farm. In 1881, this was sold to Greensburg Coal and Coke Company (later Keystone Coal and Coke Company), which established a mine and brickyard along Broad Street.[2] Fifty workers' houses were built in 1888. During this time, the community was known as Huff, Hufftown, or Huff's Station.

A trolley line was constructed in 1890 along Broad Street, running north into Greensburg. This line was later acquired by West Penn Railways, which operated trolley service until 1952.

In 1891, the community was incorporated as the Borough of South Greensburg.

For nearly a century, South Greensburg's largest employer was Walworth Valves. This factory began in 1888, as the Kelly & Jones Company (John T. Kelly and George M. Jones), and Huff was a member of their board of directors.[3] Walworth Company purchased the facility in 1925. The factory filled a large plot of land bordered by (using current street names) Route 30 Bypass, South Main Street, Huff Avenue, and the railroad. Including adjacent properties used by the company, this industrial complex covered 31 acres (0.13 km2) and had 1500 employees at its height. The factory closed in 1980 and was later demolished.[4] The site is now occupied by the Wellington Square office building and various commercial businesses.


South Greensburg is located at 40°16′38″N 79°32′55″W / 40.27722°N 79.54861°W / 40.27722; -79.54861 (40.277309, -79.548663)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,280 people, 1,048 households, and 630 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,087.0 people per square mile (1,189.6/km²). There were 1,129 housing units at an average density of 1,528.6/sq mi (589.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.25% White, 0.66% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

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