Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Munhall at a Glance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Munhall at a Glance

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Website: www.munhallpa.us.

Inside out: The 2.4 square miles where present-day Munhall sits was settled in the late 1700s by John McClure and named Amity Homestead.The McClure family created a land company and sold plots to various interests, including the Carnegie Land Co., which purchased land to build homes and to expand its Homestead Works. As steel manufacturing grew, Munhall's population rose and fell with the mills' production, hitting an all-time high of 17,332 residents in 1960, compared to 11,305 today.

In the 1890s, Andrew Carnegie invited Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of Central Park in New York City, to lay out a plan of homes around the newly built Carnegie Library of Homestead, which is actually in Munhall.

Surrounding brick houses were set back 25 feet from the street and feature various architectural styles. …

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