County Growth Continues 1881-1900
New innovations during this time included things like hospitals, electric power stations, telephones, and companies to supply natural gas to the general public for fuel and lighting. On the political front, Beaver's Matthew Stanley Quay was elected to the United States Senate, and would become known as “Boss Quay” for his political prowess. With all of these advantages in place, Beaver County was poised to take a major leap forward.
J.&E. Mayer & Co. opened in Beaver Falls to produce printed dinnerware.
President James A. Garfield was fatally wounded
Keystone Driller Company opened in Fallston to manufacture steam driven drills and also invented the first portable well drilling rig.
November 19, 1863
Bridgewater Gas Company became the county's first supplier of natural gas for fuel and lighting.
Rochester's Oliver Shallenberger invented the "Wattsmeter,"adopted by the Westinghouse Corporation that would allow the use of alternating current.
July 4, 1885
Beaver Valley Street Railway Company was the first street railway in the county and used horse drawn cars.
James Madison Toy of Beaver Falls became the first Beaver Countian to join a professional league baseball team.
Matthew Stanley Quay of Beaver was elected to the Senate, and became known throughout his political career as the "King-Maker."
Conway Yards was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
May 1, 1888
The first oil well was drilled in the Hanover Oil Fields.
November 19, 1888
Beaver Valley Electric Light & Power Company was the first commercial supplier of electric power in the county.
Wallace City became the center of the booming oil industry when oil was discovered in the nearby Economy Oil Field.
November 29, 1892
Hookstown native, the Rev. John Witherspoon Scott
January 1, 1895
Beaver Valley General Hospital was originally built in Beaver Falls in the former Merchant's Hotel.
Following a devastating fire, J.&E. Mayer Co. re-opened as Mayer China Company.
The Rochester-Monaca suspension bridge, the first highway bridge across the Ohio River between Pittsburgh and Wheeling, West Virginia, opened.
EK Morado Park was built on College Hill in Beaver Falls by the Beaver Valley Traction Company.
Junction Park was built by the Beaver Valley Traction Company along present-day route 65 at the lower end of New Brighton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1895.
Location. 40° 41.885′ N, 80° 17.824′ W. Marker is in Beaver, Pennsylvania, in Beaver County. Marker is on East End Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beaver PA 15009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Industry Flourishes 1861-1880 (here, next to this marker); Beaver County Is Born 1800-1814 (here, next to this marker); Big Industry Brings Progress 1901-1917
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