Early History of the Township of Pine
Township of Pine was established in 1796. At that time it
included that part of Allegheny County north of the Ohio
and Allegheny rivers and west of the boundary between Jones'
and Cunningham's districts. Its original limits comprised
the whole of eleven current townships and parts of three
the establishment of Ohio Township in 1803, Pine Township
included much of Jones' and Douglass' districts that were
situated in Allegheny County including all of Ross, Reserve,
McCandless, Pine and Allegheny City, and parts of Richland,
Hampton and Shaler Townships. With the excision of McCandless
Township, the area of the township was established at its
current size of approximately 17 square miles.
Rodgers has generally been regarded as the first settler
within the present limits of Pine, having settled here in
1796. His son William and his grandsons George, William
and Thomas all lived in and died in Pine except Thomas who
died elsewhere. Samuel Beatty was also one of the early
settlers in Pine.
old Franklin Road was opened through the township early
in its development and gave the first impetus to settlement.
one of the oldest post-villages in this part of the county,
was established in 1828.
Creek, Little Pine Creek and several branches of the Connoquenessing
rise in the township.
farming land was of fair quality and farming was the sole
occupation of the early settlers.
turn of the century, there were six churches in the township,
with the oldest being Cross Roads Presbyterian, established
in 1827 and still active today. The first house of worship
was a log cabin, with a brick church erected in 1843 and
rebuilt in 1860.
St. Alphonsius Roman Catholic parish was established in
1864. Other churches included the West Union United Presbyterian
Church organized in 1842, the Far View Baptist Church established
in 1879, the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church and the Mt.
Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
first school opened in 1800 in the home of Francis Deery.
the population was 1,021; in 1870, 718 and in 1880 was 773.
The present population, taken from the 2010 census is 11,497.
from"History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania"
more information on the history of the Township of Pine,
the Historic Committee published a book entitled "Township
of Pine 1796 - 1996", which may be purchased at the Township office.