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Historical Markers and War Memorials in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

 
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Location of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
    Allegheny County (475)
    Armstrong County (21)
    Beaver County (147)
    Butler County (51)
    Washington County (89)
    Westmoreland County (100)
 
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1Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Andrew Stephen McSwigan
Newspaper reporter who won preeminent distinction at the Johnstown Flood; Knight of Columbus Secretary with Croix de Guerre in World War; a devoted servant of his church, city, state and country; national leader in making the park business respected . . . Map (db m76678) HM
2Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Auto RaceNational Historic District
A Beaver Falls company long gone, Travers Engineering...originated the Auto Race. This one covered millions of miles since it was built in 1926 and is the last existing of the many Travers built. The cars originally had windshields and headlights, . . . Map (db m76661) HM
3Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Braddock’s Crossing
Below this hill, about midday on July 9, 1755, a British army of 1300 made its second crossing of the river and advanced to drive the French from Fort Duquesne. A few hours later, with General Braddock mortally wounded and his army routed, survivors . . . Map (db m6145) HM
4Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Braddock's Crossing
Below this hill, about midday on July 9, 1755, a British army of 1300 made its second crossing of the river and advanced to drive the French from Fort Duquesne. A few hours later, with General Braddock mortally wounded and his army routed, survivors . . . Map (db m43811) HM
5Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Frederick Ingersoll(1874-1927)
A pioneer and leading visionary in the design of amusement rides and parks, his Figure-8 coasters and other inventions were found across the US. He launched his chain of brightly illuminated Luna Parks in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood in 1905, . . . Map (db m132835) HM
6Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — George Was Here
At the bottom of the cliff on which Kennywood sits, the largest British army assembled up until then in the American colonies... with flags flying and drums beating... forded the Monongahela on July 9, 1755. The battle that followed directly across . . . Map (db m76674) HM
7Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Kennywood Park
A National Historic Landmark, designated 1987. In 1898 a picnic grove on Anthony Kenny's farm here was leased to the Monongahela Street Railway Company for an amusement park linked to Pittsburgh by its trolley line. Sold to private interests in . . . Map (db m40896) HM
8Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Kennywood's ThunderboltACE Roller Coaster Landmark
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Kennywood's Thunderbolt as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance. Originally built as the Pippin in 1924 by renowned coaster designer John A. Miller . . . Map (db m76663) HM
9Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Laffin' SalNational Historic District
Sal debuted at Kennywood in 1931 as a free attraction in front of the Laff in the Dark. It was during the Great Depression and provided some of the best medicine available in that sad period-Laughs. When the ride was razed in 1965 to make room . . . Map (db m76676) HM
10Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Miniature RailroadNational Historic District
Although the cars have been changed in appearance, the engines look much like they did at the New York World's Fair of 1938-39 The Century of Progress Exposition. The train was known there as the Gimbels Flyer and was brought to Kennywood at the . . . Map (db m76677) HM
11Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — Noah's ArkNational Historic District
Perhaps the most famous symbol of Kennywood, the Ark was not added to the scene here until the Great Depression. For many years one of its features was a series of hidden air jets out front to blow up women's dresses. But slacks and shorts made that . . . Map (db m76657) HM
12Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — The Kenny Fountain
...is dedicated to Thomas J. Kenny, who in 1818 crossed the Alleghenies and purchased this property for five pounds, ten shillings, six pence, and a barrel of whiskey. The farm he established later was called Kenny's Grove, a retreat where the . . . Map (db m76675) HM
13Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — The PagodaNational Historic District
Although not a historic landmark, this oriental pagoda was inspired by one in Trivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The gargoyles around the building were carved in the 1920's by the carousel craftsmen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Co.. No two . . . Map (db m76679) HM
14Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — The TurtleNational Historic District
Originally known as the Tumble Bug and built by Travers Co. of Beaver Falls, this ride used to be a standard in just about every amusement park in North America. This one has been at Kennywood since 1927.Map (db m76680) HM
15Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — The WindmillNational Historic District
Built in 1921 on an island in the lagoon, (main show area now), the Windmill was moved here in 1940. It was copied from a similar attraction in Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Windmill is included in an oil painting by the famous primitive . . . Map (db m76681) HM
16Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), West Mifflin — ThunderboltNational Historic District
Once named the "King of Coasters" by the New York Times, the Thunderbolt opened in 1968. It s [sic] unique design uses the first two and last two dips of the Pippin, with the lift hill structure and helix turns added that year. The trains, also . . . Map (db m76664) HM
 
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