Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Munhall

history of munhall

A Brief History of Munhall

History of Munhall

Munhall is a borough in Allegheny County. It’s located eight miles southeast of the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers and just south of the city of Pittsburgh across the Mon. A big chunk of the Homestead Works was located in Munhall. Steel products from the Carnegie Steel Company (what the Homestead Works was a part of) were made in there in 1910. At that time approximately 5,000 people lived there. In 1940, the population grew to a whopping 13,900. As of the 2010 census, about 11,000 people lived in Munhall. A post office was established in the neighborhood in 1887. The borough of Munhall was formed in June of 1901 and was named after John Munhalll who was the original owner of the town’s site.

History of Munhall

The Homestead Library in Munhall was donated to the community by Andrew Carnegie. The facility, built in 1886, has since been restored and modernized. There are also indoor pools, basketball courts and other recreational facilities. The Waterfront shopping facilities opened in 2000 in Munhall on the site of Carnegie Steel Works. Also, near the river is a former mill structure known as the Pump House. That too has since been restored. A Byzantine Catholic Cathedral called St. John the Baptist is also in the neighborhood boundaries. West Field, a field from Negro League Baseball was also located in Munhall.  The borough of Munhall is bordered by Whitaker, West Mifflin, Homestead, West Homestead, Lincoln Place and more.

1 thought on “Pittsburgh Suburbs: History of Munhall”

  1. Very interesting as I lived and grew up in Munhall. I think Homestead Park is part of this???
    Many fun times were at West Field watching football games and other things being held there.
    The borough building photo looks just like I remembered it. At Christmas time there would be a nativity scene in the front. I think it caused a bif broohah as there were many opposed to seeing it there.
    Not sure what the photo of the larger building is but sure would like to know.

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