College Hill (Beaver Falls)

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Geneva College, the neighborhood's namesake
Location of College Hill in Pennsylvania

College Hill is a neighborhood located in the northern section of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States. Geneva College is located in the community, and is the namesake of College Hill.

History[edit]

Geneva College was founded in Northwood, Ohio in 1848,[1] but it moved to northern Beaver County in 1880 after being offered free land by the Harmony Society, which was highly influential in Beaver Falls. After the college was established on land just north of Beaver Falls, a community grew up around it, and in 1892, it was incorporated as the borough of College Hill. In 1932, forty years after its incorporation, it merged with Beaver Falls.[2]

As of the 1900 census, College Hill had a population of about 900.[3] Since the 1960s, College Hill has become less of an industrial community than previously; the owner of the former Armstrong Cork factory donated the property to the college, which has since built an athletics complex on the site.[4]

At the 2000 census, College Hill had a population of 3,562 residents,[5] more than one-third of the city's total population of 9,920.[6] Although the population had declined by 78 residents since the 1990 census, or about 2.14% of its total,[7] College Hill fared better than the rest of the city, which lost 767 residents, or about 7.18% of its population, during the same time.[8]

Geography[edit]

College Hill is centered at 40°46′40″N 80°19′26″W / 40.77778°N 80.32389°W / 40.77778; -80.32389 (40.7778426, -80.3239521), at an altitude of 899 feet (274 m).[9] It is about 1.5 minutes north of and 98 feet (30 m) higher than central Beaver Falls.[10]

Transportation[edit]

Pennsylvania Route 18 is the main road through College Hill and provides access to the rest of Beaver Falls in the south and to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the north. Pennsylvania Routes 251 and 551 also pass through the community.[11] Between 1910 and 1985, the College Hill Station provided rail transportation for the residents, but is now abandoned.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glasgow, W. Melancthon. A History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America Archived 2010-11-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Baltimore: Hill and Harvey, 1888. 758.
  2. ^ "Beaver Falls Archived 2012-07-23 at Archive.is". Beaver County Bicentennial Commission. Beaver County Bicentennial Atlas. Beaver: Beaver County Bicentennial Commission, 1976.
  3. ^ "Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania", Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition.
  4. ^ From Cork to Turf..., Geneva College press release, 1997-05-26. Cached version accessed 2009-02-24.
  5. ^ Census Tract 6011, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States Census Bureau, 2000. Accessed 2009-04-19.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Tract 6011, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States Census Bureau, 1990. Accessed 2009-04-19.
  8. ^ Beaver Falls city, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States Census Bureau, 1990. Accessed 2009-04-19.
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: College Hill (Beaver Falls)
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beaver Falls
  11. ^ DeLorme. Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer. 8th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2003, p. 56. ISBN 0-89933-280-3.

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