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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.

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Getting ahead in Middletown: A Frontier Education

Stacey Christe

The first proper schoolhouse appears to have been established in 1835.  It was a modest cabin with a single dim window covered in waxed paper, a clapboard roof held down by logs, and a primitive wood-burning opening for heat.  No iron work or even nails were used its construction. The desks were simple pine boards held up by stakes.  

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Stacey Christe

While no local Coraopolis newspaper exists today, Coraopolis was once home to a number of news publications over the years...

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Stuck in the Middle with You

Stacey Christe

Before it was Coraopolis, in the 1870s it was the town located at Middletown Station on the P&LERR. Regional residents often referred to Middletown as Montours Bottom. The Post Office name, Vancefort, was named for a local fortification by Captain Robert Vance.

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