A Brief History & Facts about Arlington
Arlington, or Arlington Heights, are neighborhoods in the southern part of Pittsburgh. The neighborhood is home to five government housing projects and once was connected to the mills that ran along the Monongahela River near the old Twenty-Second Street Incline. The incline once ran from Josephine St. to Salisbury St. The incline was near the location of the old Fort McKinley. There was concern that the Confederate Army would target Pittsburgh for invasion during the Civil War so an emergency fort was built by the employees of Jones and Laughlin Steel and Ormsby’s Hill. The emergency fort was called Fort McKinley. Surrounding communities include the South Side Slopes, the South Side Flats, Hays, Mount Oliver, and St. Clair. The important, vital 22 engine fire department is in Arlington. Unfortunately, in recent years, the city has talked about possibly closing the 22 engine completely. The 22 fights second and third alarm fires in the city of Pittsburgh. The neighborhood, mostly residential, is lined up on a somewhat loose grid and most of the streets rise and fall along steep hills. Arlington’s population is 2,061 people with the median income just under the regular city’s. The average household is 2.1 people, which is on par for the rest of the city.