Welcome to the Trafford History website.
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM
Location: Trafford Public Library
Night at the Races
to benefit the Trafford Veterans Memorial and the soon to be installed
Gold Star Mother's Memorial Plaque
Saturday, March 25, 2016
Doors Open 6:00 PM, Racing Begins 7:00 PM
Manchester Room, Trafford Safety Building
Trafford Historical Society
Winner of the Gift Basket at the Community Days Festival was Trafford resident Amanda Mellon. Thank you to all those who stopped by our booth. We heard some great stories and made a number of new contacts with people who want to share their photos and Trafford memorabilia. Thank you Kevin and Beverly Beam who showed up the next day with a box of Trafford High items that we have added to our collection.
Why Trafford History? Professor Gordon S. Wood, a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in History, observed that unlike so many cultures of the old world, Americans do not have a single unifying religion, nor do we have centuries of a cultural tradition. There are only two things that unite us: our language and our history - and we must constantly fight to preserve both. The Trafford Historical Society would be an attempt to preserve the history of a time and place that is worth remembering.
Site last updated: Feb 14, 2017
The Pittsburgh Magazine has a regular article written each month by the beloved filmmaker and producer, Rick Sebak, entitled All Roads Lead To Pittsburgh. It’s intriguing to read about the noteworthy people in history that either passed through the city, had an influence on advancing the city, or how the city itself had an impact on those individuals. Researching the local history of Trafford, I think about the people who came through this town and how they themselves made contributions to history. I occasionally come across stories of residents who were lucky enough to rub elbow with famous people.
Stewart Station before the establishment of Trafford City and a tennis court at the base of Dr. Samuel Stewart's home.
How did the B.Y. Park get its name?
In 1888, the Turtle Creek Valley Railroad, headed by George Westinghouse, began construction of a railroad line from the Pennsylvania Railroad main line in South Trafford to Murrysville. The main purpose of the rail line was to supply gas drilling equipment to the Murrysville area. With time, coal was found in the area and the rail line was extended to Export, White Valley, Delmont, Slickville, and Saltsburg to bring the coal to the Pittsburgh market.