A Brief History of Bethel Park
Bethel Park is a borough in Allegheny County and part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area. It is southwest of the city. The area was first settled around 1800 and named Bethel Township in 1886. It wasn’t incorporated into a borough until 1949 and became a municipality in the late ’70s. The name “Bethel Park” came from a meeting house, or a place where religious or public meetings take place.
In 2010 the census estimated Bethel Park’s population at 32,315 in over 13,000 households. With an area of about 11.7 Square miles, the area’s highest point is Rocky Ridge in the southwestern part of the borough, at 1370 feet.
Bethel Park is home to many popular Pittsburgh spots like South Hills Village, the South Park Wave Pool and Hundred Acres Manor to name a few. Pittsburgh’s first drive-in theater was the South Park Drive-In (1940-1985). It is now occupied by a Jiffy Lube, Arby’s and other retail.
The first armored car heist in America occurred in the area in the 1920s, and Andy Warhol’s gravesite is also located in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
The NBC television show This is Us is set in Bethel Park, where the show’s creator Dan Fogelman lived until he was seven years old.
The area is known as a growing and vibrant suburb just outside of Pittsburgh. It’s home to sprawling suburban neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and dining areas and a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.