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Brownsville 200 years old
2015 Bicentennial, History
Brownsville: Celebrating Our History

The Borough of Brownsville will mark its Bicentennial in 2015. Jack J. Lawver, council president, is forming a volunteer committee for grand celebration. Residents and organizations interested in volunteering for the committee should contact the borough office, 724-785-5761, or e-mail

Also, Aug. 1, 2013, marked the 100th year for Brownsville’s Community Day at Kennywood Park, which is sponsored by the borough’s volunteer fire departments. A commemorative publication, custom T-shirt and limited edition holiday ornament were produced to celebrate the milestone.

West Brownsville Volunteer Fire Department is 100 years old in Feb 2015.

Just A Few Facts
1759 … Settled with the establishment of Fort Burd (also Redstone Old Fort) by Pennsylvania Militia Col. James Burd; first settler, Michael Cresap.
1785 … Laid out by Thomas Brown
Jan. 1, 1795 … Post Office established, Jacob Bowman (Nemacolin Castle), first postmaster
Jan. 9, 1815 … Incorporated from Brownsville Township
April 1815 … First election of council officers, held at the home of Jacob Coplan. Thomas McKibben, chief burgess; Philip Shaffner, assistant burgess; and councilmen William Hogg, president, Basil Brashear, John S. Dugan, John McCadden, George Hogg Jr., Israel Miller, George Dawson.
1800 … Largest city in western Pennsylvania
1814 … The Enterprise launches from our banks, becoming the first steamboat to blaze the trail for river commerce by making a 2,200-mile trip to New Orleans and return on its own power.
July 4, 1839 … Dedication for Dunlap’s Creek Bridge, first cast iron bridge in America.