A Brief History of Indiana Township

History of Indiana Township

Indiana Township was the fourth township to form in Allegheny County in the year 1805. The first settlers in the township were Jacob Huddle and Henry Strohm. The men were German, and arrived in 1798 to a mostly rural township. Coal mining soon gained popularity, like many other Pittsburgh suburbs. Coal did extremely well in the community due to the coal deposits found on the land, the large amount of rail systems and closeness to the Allegheny River. Former stage actress Fay Templeton called Indiana Township home for awhile. *Info from Images of America: Indiana Township

Facts about Indiana Township

History of Indiana Township

Indiana Township is home to Hartwood Acres, home of 629 acres of free Sunday summer concerts, mansion tours, teas, cross-country skiing, hiking and more. The community is surrounded by neighboring Pittsburgh suburbs like West Deer Township, Harmar Township, Fox Chapel, O’Hara, Shaler and more. The township was named after the Indiana territory. As of the 2000 census there were just under 7,000 people living in Indiana. Most were married couples with children under age 18. Deer Creek flows through the township and within Indian Township are the towns of Dorseyville, Indianola, Rural Ridge and Walter Chapel. Indiana encompasses 17.7 miles and the population is 384.2 people per square mile.

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