beaver county

On March 12, 1800, legislation was passed that created the counties of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango, and Warren. There were very few settlers living in Beaver County at this point because the area was largely unexplored and was also populated by many hostile Native American tribes.

However, with its fertile soil and excellent location along the Ohio River, it was only a matter of time before Beaver County would become something special in western Pennsylvania.

Creating Municipalities

Beaver County was original broken into six municipalities that were divided in half by the Ohio River. North of the river were Sewickley, North Beaver, and South Beaver Townships. South of the river were Hanover, First Moon, and Second Moon Townships.

As the county grew and evolved, many changes were made to these original six townships. Sewickley was divided into North Sewickley and New Sewickley.

South Beaver Township was divided into Little Beaver, Big Beaver, and South Beaver Townships. The new South Beaver Township then had a portion of it that was known as Beaver Borough break away and become Borough Township and eventually Vanport Township.

Even after all of that, South Beaver Township still wasn’t done splitting apart. It was divided into Ohio and South Beaver Townships in 1805, but then in 1816 it was changed again to become Ohio, Brighton, South Beaver, and Chippewa Townships.

Choosing the County Seat

The choice to make the town of Beaver the county seat of Beaver County was an obvious decision. In addition to sharing the county’s name, the town had been properly surveyed and designed. It also had an excellent location that provided access to the Ohio River.

As the county grew, more and more small downs sprung up along the Ohio and Beaver Rivers. By the time that the steel industry took root in the 1970s, Beaver County had made itself into an ideal location for modern industrial facilities with plenty of willing and able labor.

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.