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    bullet point  ABOUT MCKEESPORT, PENNSYLVANIA
     
     

    McKeesport has about 22,000 residents. It is located on the Monongahela River and the region is known as the "Mon Valley." McKeesport was founded in 1795 as a trading town. However, after the American Civil War industry began to develop due to McKeesport's location and the coal mines that surrounded it. In the 1880's several very large factories making iron and steel products flourished. They attracted thousands of workers, many of them immigrants from Eastern Europe. McKeesport and other cities in the Mon Valley continued to thrive until after the Second World War. With the collapse of the American Steel industry in the 1980's, the Mon Valley entered a period of decline.


    Statue at Site of Speech
    by President John Kennedy
    The City of McKeesport has many cultural assets. The McKeesport Symphony presents professional quality concerts that make it one of Pennsylvania's most popular regional symphony orchestras. The City is also the site of the Greater Allegheny branch campus of Pennsylvania State University, which presents frequent lectures, plays and concerts. Every August, the City hosts the International Food Festival, which draws crowds from the entire southwestern Pennsylvania area.

    The area surrounding McKeesport has many other kinds of attractions as well. The Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers provide opportunities for boating and water sports. There are many trails for hiking and biking, including the Youghiogheny River Trail, which starts in McKeesport. Nearby Ohiopyle State Park offers spectacular scenery and some of the best white-water rafting in the eastern United States. Boyce Park, located northeast of McKeesport, has ski slopes and hiking trails. For families, nationally famous Kennywood Amusement Park, offers rides, food and entertainment.

    To the east is the Laurel Highlands area, which has many resorts providing skiing during the winter, and golf, camping hiking, biking and boating during the summer. The brilliant colors of the autumn foliage season are breathtaking. This area is famous for two houses designed by the famous modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Falling Water is generally considered to be Wright?s masterpiece and Kentuck Knob is a unique residence recently opened to the public. The Laurel Highlands is also the locations of the world class Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, which features golf, riding, skiing and fine dining. Whatever your interests are, McKeesport's history and location will make it easy for you to explore and enjoy them.

    For information about relocating to Pittsburgh, click here.


    Bandstand in Renziehausen Park
    Rose Garden and Arboretum
    Site of Summer Concerts by the McKeesport Symphany

     
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    McKeesport is located 8 miles south of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the only city to consistently rank in Rand McNally's most livable American cities. Downtown Pittsburgh is a glittering collection of skyscrapers in a dramatic setting: two rivers, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, flow together to form the Ohio River between steep hills. The Downtown contains not only the headquarters of international companies such as Westinghouse and US-X, but also the Cultural District. There, beautifully restored theaters provide homes for a world-class symphony, a nationally renowned ballet company, and a major regional theater company.


    Across the river from Downtown are a new baseball stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park, a new football stadium for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, and the Carnegie Science Center, a museum of science and technology. Pittsburgh also is the home to many Universities: The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Carlow, Chatham, Point Park College, Robert Morris College, and The Community College of Allegheny County. The museums include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the ?Mattress Factory", art museum which features cutting edge modern art, and many others. Pittsburgh also has a Zoo, an Aviary, a Conservatory and Botanical Garden, theaters and music venues and many parks. Since Pittsburgh is a major city, it has restaurants and shops. The East Carson Street shopping area, on the South Side of the city is particularly close to McKeesport. It has many art galleries, restaurants and upscale shops, as well as a waterfront park and entertainment complex - The South Side Works. Closer to UPMC McKeesport, along the Monongahela River, sits The Waterfront, a complex of shopping, restaurants, hotels, movie theater, and IMPROV comedy club.
     
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