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The Shawnee Indians and then the Delaware were the original inhabitants of the area. Colonel Alexander McKee came in 1769 and lived here for many years. He left quickly after some questionable dealings. One of his descendents, James McKee, took over the land. McKees Rocks finally became a borough in 1892. The area attracted many immigrants who came to work in the many factories and industries of the Pittsburgh area. The area was hurt greatly by the depression when many factories had to close their doors, leaving hundreds without work. Government programs were brought in to aid the populace and things were looking up. But...on On March 17, 1936, a larger than normal flood occurred which resulted in some loss of life and the loss of over 1,000 homes.
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The most recent inhabitants were the Delaware Indians (circa. 1600- 1700's). The village was visited in 1753 by George Washington for the purpose of inviting the chief of the Delawares, Shigiss, to attend a council meeting in Logstown, PA (present day Ambridge, PA). Washington, noting the superb quality of the area, intended on having the Ohio Company erect Fort Pitt on the site. Chief Shigiss advised Washington that 2 miles east at the 'forks of the Ohio' would be a more suitable site for the fort. As we know today, that advise was followed and Fort Pitt and eventually Pittsburgh is on the Point.
There were excavations carried out at the site in the late 1800's, but they were sloppy and poorly documented. The next excavations were in the early 1960's by a man named William Buker and were careful and thorough, with many of the items found on display at the Carnegie Museum. The site had been reduced in size to about 1/3 of the original due to an industrial plant. The burial mound itself was destroyed when the plant went up. What is left, however, we owe to the Historical Preservation Society, as the industrial plant wanted to rip up the rest of the area. I myself have visited the site numerous times, finding many items from the prehistoric people, including broken pieces of worked flint, fragments of bone and mussel shells.
It is amazing that amidst all the development, both commercial and
residential in the area, that signs of early man still exist today.
Submitted by Allen Peck
McKees Rocks Libraries Sto-Rox Library and Learning Center
500 Chartiers Ave
Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136-3804
McKees Rocks Schools Montour High School
Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136
Montour Middle School Spartans girls basketball
Miscellany McKees Rocks has two telephone area codes - 412, 878. The community is in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time.