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From the Iroquois Indians
To the Borough of Castle Shannon


Castle Shannon Time Line
 
World Event Time Line
A narrow-gauge railroad was built to Castle Shannon from Pittsburgh. It stretched along the valley as far as Fair Haven, now Overbrook. Farmers from the district donated the use of their wagons and other vehicles to transport prospective buyers to the new town site. To each person building a home, a free two-year pass was given by the railroad. There was no charge for the hauling of lumber.
1871
1850 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue elsewhere.
1865 Robert E Lee & 26,765 troops surrender.
1865 John Wilkes Booth shoots Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre.
1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished.
1867 US purchases Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000.
Great Chicago Fire kills 200, destroys over 4 miles of Chicago buildings.
First baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players).
Suez canal opens.
Two amusement groves were located at what is now Castle Shannon. The first was the Grove Station and was opened to the public on Memorial Day in 1872. Another grove was the Zoological Gardens, located in the vicinity of Arch Street and Poplar Avenue.
1872
Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners. California Stock Exchange Board organized. Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for trying to vote for Ulysses S. Grant in US Presidential election. Yellowstone becomes world's first national park. The first patent list issued by US Patent Office. 
A second narrow-gauge railroad, the Pittsburgh and Southern, was built from Finleyville through Castle Shannon to the West End of Pittsburgh.
1877
1876 Custer & 7th Cavalry wiped out by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.  Wild Bill Hickok shot dead while playing poker.
Saint Anne Parish opened its first school in the church sacristy.
1894
Labor Day established as a federal holiday. Olympics set to be played every 4 years.


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