Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Smithton

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Smithton

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* Incorporated: As a borough Feb. 2, 1901

* Location: Southwestern Westmoreland County, along the Youghiogheny River, 30 miles southeast of Downtown Pittsburgh; Smithton covers 0.1 square mile and is accessed primarily by Routes 51 and 981

* Population: 407 (estimated June 2008, U.S. Census)

* Government: Mayor-council

* Mayor: Christine Tutena

* Median price of a home: $50,000 after the first quarter of 2010, up from $10,000 a year earlier

* Municipal phone (no website): 724-872-6406

* School district: Yough, 724-446-7272, www.yough.net

* History: Keeping up with the Joneses is an expression that once defined this small borough. In 1907, William B. Jones -- a Welsh immigrant known as "Stoney" -- founded Jones Brewing Co. along the Youghiogheny River. The company brewed Stoney's beer there until 2002, when operations moved to Pittsburgh. …

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