Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Oakmont

History of Oakmont

A Brief History of Oakmont

History of Oakmont

Oakmont is a borough in Allegheny County and a suburb of the city. It’s considered part of the Pittsburgh Metro area. Oakmont was incorporated as a town in 1889 and began back in 1816. A farmer named Michael Bright bought a large swatch of land about 15 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Oakmont got its name from a landmark tree inscription. The inscription read: “Beginning at a black oak on the bank of the Allegheny River…” hence how Oakmont was born.

Facts about Oakmont

History of Oakmont

Oakmont is perhaps best known for being the home of the Oakmont Country Club, a golf course that has hosted many U.S. Open Championships, the most recent in 2016. The neighborhood’s population was 6,426 in 2014. Plum Creek flows through the borough. The community is bordered by the borough of Plum to the east and Penn Hills and Verona to the south. Across the Allegheny, Oakmont shares a border with O’Hara Township and Harmar Township to the north. Oakmont Bakery won “Retail Bakery of the Year,” from Modern Baking magazine. The Oaks Theater was an entertainment venue located on the main drag of Oakmont that was converted to a multi-purpose entertainment venue in 2015. Oakmont is home to Riverside Park, which boasts tennis courts, basketball courts, a track and more.

12 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Oakmont”

  1. Donna Campos-Barahona

    I grew up in Oakmont and wish I could afford to live there again! There is a lot more to Oakmont than you’ve mentioned.

  2. My cousins, The Bailey McCreerys, lived there for many years. Visited often. Hulton hill.

    1. Ms Fernekes was my great 4th grade teacher (1950’s) We shared the live of birds and books. I have 4 bird and plant books i won in her class. Memorable teacher.

  3. I love Oahmont! So many good restaurants, Oakmont Bakery, Burr Kees ice cream is the best. Great little shops and even a movie theater. It is a beautiful little town especially in spring and summer when all the flowers are in bloom.

  4. Ruth Ann Kenney Maranto

    My in-laws lived in Oakmont, and I lived there for several years as a young girl. One of the most beautiful towns in the country. Love it.?

  5. I grew up there, moved away in 1962, but my parents lived there until 2001. I agree with Donna. There is a lot more to see there. Oh, the memories.

  6. I was born and raised in Oakmont, PA, and am proud of it! I lived in Oakmont until I was l7 years old and joined the USAF. i served in the Air Force for 20 years & 29 days. I am now a 50 percent disabled veteran, 87 years old and still proud to be an ex Oakmonter!!!!

  7. Grew up in this lovely old fashioned town. Graduated last year of Oakmont High School of 1972 Then it became Riverview. For such a small town we had everything you could want, Movie theater, brick paved streets, a beautiful park at the bottom and lovely woods at the top, high school football team to be proud of, two high school sororities, a cute little main street, on which my Aunt and Uncle owned the Thel Mar Shop, a beautiful library, oh my…..I could go on and on…

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