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Coraopolis, PA, 15108
United States

Welcome to Coraopolis History Archive!  On this site, the history of Cory, PA comes alive through the images and stories of those who have called Coraopolis home throughout the years.  Come browse through historic postcards or read about the history of the businesses and industrialists that put Coraopolis on the map.  Also featured is Maiden City Blog, which explains the story of the borough through engaging posts. Looking for volunteer opportunities to make our community better? Coraopolis History Archive has that as well!  Check us out and tell a friend!

 

History Research Archive for the Borough of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, near Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, including Coraopolis Cemeteries, Coraopolis Maps, Coraopolis Industries, and Coraopolis Photographs.

Once Upon a Time

Maiden City Blog

Maiden City Blog is a must-follow for those interested in the history of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania!  As a supplement to Coraopolis History Archive, Maiden City Blog provides insights and background to the history of our beloved Cory, PA.  Follow us on twitter at @maidencityblog to receive real-time updates!

 

History Research Archive for the Borough of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, near Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, including Coraopolis Cemeteries, Coraopolis Maps, Coraopolis Industries, and Coraopolis Photographs.

Once Upon a Time

Stacey Christe

I have a confession.

I’m not a native Coraopolitan. 

I actually come from a small town named Lawrence Park. It reminds me of Coraopolis. Both are small industrial towns. Both have small school districts where everybody knows everybody. There’s a local breakfast and lunch spot which has been there forever. The librarians know you by your first name. And each night I’m lulled to sleep by the sound of the train tracks.

Still, I feel out of place. Being from a small town on the outskirts of Erie, the Great Lake was intrinsically part of my identity. I skipped rocks. I drank in the crisp lake air. Lake Erie was my compass. The process of adapting to my new river town has been a gradual one. The neighbors I grew up with have been replaced by friendly strangers. The borough roads meander and wind wherever they please. The Ohio River is cold and imposing.

They say “you can’t go home”, but they omit whether you can create one. Will Cory ever settle into my psyche in the way Lawrence Park did? I’m not sure.

Coraopolis History Archive is my journey to acquaint myself with this area. To meet its people. Learn its stories. History speaks to those who listen. Maybe others will be interested in the Tale of the Maiden City as well, and our story will become richer, having sailed down this branch for a while together. I hope so. I do know that when it comes time to disembark, I’ll be happy I was able to fall asleep each night to the sound of the trains.

Maybe the Ohio will even warm to me, if I give her a try.