Robinson Township Historical Society

Robinson Township Historical Society Sharing the history of Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pa in an effort to enhance membership, collect more information, photographs, and artifacts.
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Operating as usual

05/18/2021

What did people do in Robinson Township before it became such a busy, happening place? If you remember Robinson in the 1970s or earlier, where did you go for entertainment? For dinner? For shopping? Where did teens hang out? In those days, everyone went to church. What did you do afterwards? If you can answer any of the questions, we’d love to hear from you!

What did people do in Robinson Township before it became such a busy, happening place? If you remember Robinson in the 1...
05/12/2021
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What did people do in Robinson Township before it became such a busy, happening place? If you remember Robinson in the 1970s or earlier, where did you go for entertainment? For dinner? For shopping? Where did teens hang out? In those days, everyone went to church. What did you do afterwards? If you can answer any of the questions, we’d love to hear from you!

Not so long ago, Mom and Pop or family-run stores were very common in Robinson Township. Areas like Moon Run and Groveto...
01/25/2021

Not so long ago, Mom and Pop or family-run stores were very common in Robinson Township. Areas like Moon Run and Groveton had their fair share, too. Story’s Confectionery, pictured below and located in the family’s garage, was a popular spot in Groveton after World War II.

Are there family-run stores or businesses that you miss? Please tell us what they were, where, and (if possible) when. We love hearing your reminisces!

Not so long ago, Mom and Pop or family-run stores were very common in Robinson Township. Areas like Moon Run and Groveton had their fair share, too. Story’s Confectionery, pictured below and located in the family’s garage, was a popular spot in Groveton after World War II.

Are there family-run stores or businesses that you miss? Please tell us what they were, where, and (if possible) when. We love hearing your reminisces!

The vacant Brothers Grimm as it stands today.
01/05/2021

The vacant Brothers Grimm as it stands today.

And the answer is....
01/05/2021

And the answer is....

Do you recognize this building that became a lasting part of Robinson Township’s history?
01/01/2021

Do you recognize this building that became a lasting part of Robinson Township’s history?

Do you remember when service stations outdid themselves to earn your loyalty? There were many such stations along Route ...
12/10/2020

Do you remember when service stations outdid themselves to earn your loyalty? There were many such stations along Route 60, Mawhinney’s, Makarkeys, “The Corner” Sunoco Station/Post Office, to name a few. Please share your fondest memories of these or other long-gone establishments. We’d love to hear from you.

11/06/2020

We are currently researching the Forest Grove Community Club, which was a very active organization from 1942 until at least 1992. Do you have any details or photographs you’d be willing to share?

10/25/2020

Come and see our newly refurbished Robinson Township Historical Society museum!
1000 Church Hill Road
Tuesdays and Thursdays
1–3:30 pm.

We are looking for any information about an old one-room schoolhouse located at “Regina, Silver, and Clever Roads and be...
10/03/2020

We are looking for any information about an old one-room schoolhouse located at “Regina, Silver, and Clever Roads and believed to be called the Kansas School or the Phillips School.”
Does the building still exist in any form? If so, exactly where? Also, why was it called the Kansas School?

Any information is welcome. Thank you!

What is your favorite memory of Thomas J. Birko memorial stadium? A special moment? I big event?
09/26/2020

What is your favorite memory of Thomas J. Birko memorial stadium? A special moment? I big event?

Do you remember the Moon Run Presbyterian Church on McKees Rocks Road? We are interested in the history of the church. T...
07/01/2020

Do you remember the Moon Run Presbyterian Church on McKees Rocks Road? We are interested in the history of the church. The building was sold as a home in 2016, but what happened to the congregation? Any information on the church and its history would be much appreciated!

06/25/2020

Does anyone know WHY so many of Robinson’s streets have girls’ or women’s names? Any specifics would be appreciated!

05/09/2020

Remember when Dairy Queen was located next to Karns Bakery on Route 60? Did you know that the Karns family owned both businesses? Do you have any fond memories of Dairy Queen?

04/02/2020

Do you remember Karns Bakery on Steubenville Pike? Favorite memories? Awesomest goodies? When did it close? Tell us all!

03/16/2020

The Robinson Township Historical Society & Museum is closed until further notice.

Do you remember a time capsule being buried in the courtyard of the Forest Grove School? It was buried by a fourth grade...
03/11/2020

Do you remember a time capsule being buried in the courtyard of the Forest Grove School? It was buried by a fourth grade class in around 1980. Is it still there, or was it dug up? Any information would be great!

It’s that time again. In your opinion, who has the best fish fry/fish sandwich in Robinson?
03/07/2020

It’s that time again. In your opinion, who has the best fish fry/fish sandwich in Robinson?

Who was David E. Williams, after whom the middle school was named? The school is also referred to as David E?
01/24/2020

Who was David E. Williams, after whom the middle school was named? The school is also referred to as David E?

01/09/2020

Do you remember the ROSSLYN INN on Route 60? When did it burn down? What was there before it was built in the 50s? Is this where Primanti Brothers is now? Any details, however small, would be most welcome!

It seems like wherever you go, you meet someone who once worked at the Twin Hi-Way Drive-in. Let’s see how many of YOU w...
12/09/2019

It seems like wherever you go, you meet someone who once worked at the Twin Hi-Way Drive-in. Let’s see how many of YOU worked there. What years? What job did you do? Your favorite memory there?

This contraption stands in the Robinson Township Historical Society museum. Can you tell what it is?
11/30/2019

This contraption stands in the Robinson Township Historical Society museum. Can you tell what it is?

ABANDONED COAL MINESRobinson Township sits atop an enormous network of long-abandoned coal mines. Have you, or anybody y...
11/23/2019

ABANDONED COAL MINES
Robinson Township sits atop an enormous network of long-abandoned coal mines. Have you, or anybody you know, ever ventured into a Robinson mine? What are your (or their) memories of it? Do any mine entrances still exist in the township? (Please don’t give exact locations, for obvious safety reasons.)

Many of Robinson’s teens in the 1950s met and hung out at Smitty’s Ice Cream, formerly next to the Moon Run Fire House. ...
10/10/2019

Many of Robinson’s teens in the 1950s met and hung out at Smitty’s Ice Cream, formerly next to the Moon Run Fire House. If you were a teen in Robinson (no matter when), did you have a favorite meeting place? Where was it, and what decade? Any special memories you’d like to share?

Almost everyone remembers the creepy Bates Motel from the movie Psycho. But who remembers Bunny’s Motel? It was located ...
09/11/2019

Almost everyone remembers the creepy Bates Motel from the movie Psycho. But who remembers Bunny’s Motel? It was located where CVS is now, at the intersection of Route 60 and Beaver Grade Road. Any details would be useful—owners, dates of operation—anything? Thanks!

Come see us at the Autumn Festival! This year we have many valuable baskets to raffle off. Come and support your local H...
09/08/2019

Come see us at the Autumn Festival! This year we have many valuable baskets to raffle off. Come and support your local Historical Society!

Hope to see you on the 14th!

08/22/2019
Do you remember when Robinson Township had its own amusement park? Shorty after World War II, Kool Springs Park appeared...
08/10/2019

Do you remember when Robinson Township had its own amusement park? Shorty after World War II, Kool Springs Park appeared on Campbell’s Run Road. Does anyone know where on that road? How long was it there? What do you remember about it—rides, food, etc.? Any details you can add would be appreciated! Please like and share.

People sometimes ask us if we have photos of Moon Run before I-79 dissected it. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any. Can...
08/06/2019

People sometimes ask us if we have photos of Moon Run before I-79 dissected it. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any. Can you help? If possible, you can just post them here, or feel free to stop in our museum any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon between 1 and 3. We welcome ALL photographs of Robinson’s storied past! We would love to hear from you!

For the first third of the 20th century, the Moon Run section of Robinson Township was a beehive of activity, thanks to ...
07/06/2019

For the first third of the 20th century, the Moon Run section of Robinson Township was a beehive of activity, thanks to the coal mines. And until Interstate 79 cut through parts of Moon Run in the 60s-70s, many businesses continued to faithfully serve the neighborhood. Can you remember any of these stores or businesses? What were they called, and what do you remember most about them?

Do you remember when Robinson’s Lake Steuben was a popular swimming hole? Created in about 1930 on the Petrie Farm, it w...
06/09/2019

Do you remember when Robinson’s Lake Steuben was a popular swimming hole? Created in about 1930 on the Petrie Farm, it was in the middle of nowhere (today it is in Countryside Estates). Did you or anyone you know ever swim there, or ice skate in the winter? We’d love to hear anything you might know about it!

Do you remember this old frame school that once stood on Route 60 where Juliano’s Restaurant now stands? We are looking ...
05/22/2019

Do you remember this old frame school that once stood on Route 60 where Juliano’s Restaurant now stands? We are looking for any memories or stories you might have about it. Please share and comment. Thanks!

Do you have an interest in the Civil War? Do you know of any Civil War soldiers buried in Robinson cemeteries? We are be...
05/18/2019

Do you have an interest in the Civil War? Do you know of any Civil War soldiers buried in Robinson cemeteries? We are beginning our project of identifying these soldiers and dedicating a memorial to them at the Memorial Plaza on Route 60. We could use help with either exploring the cemeteries or conducting online research. Young people are welcome, too. Please “Share” and comment below if you are interested.

If you attended Montour High School at any time, who was your all-time favorite teacher, what subject, and why?
04/26/2019

If you attended Montour High School at any time, who was your all-time favorite teacher, what subject, and why?

Who makes the best fish sandwich in Robinson Township? Bronze Hood Lounge? Hanlon's Grab N Go & Catering? The Downey Hou...
04/10/2019

Who makes the best fish sandwich in Robinson Township? Bronze Hood Lounge? Hanlon's Grab N Go & Catering? The Downey House? Primanti Brothers-Robinson? Or do you have another favorite? #robinsontownship #fishsandwich

Address

1000 Church Hill Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
15205-9006

General information

The Robinson Historical Society hours are: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 3:30 PM and every 1st Monday of the month 5:00 - 7:00 PM Visits also available by appointment. Meetings held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30pm

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 15:30
Thursday 13:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(412) 788-6795

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Our hard cover bi-centennial book on the 1st 200 years of our history available for $25.00 plus shipping costs if necessary.

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Does anyone still fly kites? Where did you used to fly them? If you want to try it again, come on out! Feel free to share. More info, including where to get a kite (if you can't find one locally) and directions click here: https://www.archangelgabrielparish.org/kite
I finally finished another Time Travel With Tim - "The Thornburg Bridge" - with a special bonus feature at the end. Enjoy!
Here are some photos of my grandparent’s store/gas station in Moon Run on Steubenville Pike Rd in the 1920’s.
Plea for an upgrade to Steubenville Pike - March 31, 1899
The original building that became the Brothers Grimm Lounge in 1966.
I'm trying to get some information on my father Ronald L Aiken's family history He just recently passed away. The family house used to be on Steubenville Pike at the intersection where Beaver Grade Road turns off. Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Come this Saturday to a Showing of Military Miniatures like these, outdoors at Woodville Plantation from 1-4 PM. https://woodvilleplantation.org/event/a-showing-of-military-miniatures/
An article on the McKees Rocks Historical Society page describes the group that eventually started the Tap Club as having a picnic "at Cantwell's Grove in Moon Run" in the early 1930's. Does anyone know where Cantwell's Grove was? I never heard of it.
I'm trying to clean up my inbox and found this link from about 5 years ago when I was looking for the exact location of the beehive coke ovens along the Montour RR. The reading beyond it is some interesting stuff for this group, I think. You can click of the book on the bottom left and see some other chapters that might be of interest, as well. Enjoy! https://books.google.com/books?id=CLVZITNwbzwC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=Imperial+Coal+Co.+Coke+Ovens&source=bl&ots=-zIhbCQqdl&sig=16rwjrTo9UG9rZEw1KgUZgG-LUc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMmPfVh5TKAhUDbR4KHb83BpcQ6AEIIjAB#v=onepage&q=Imperial%20Coal%20Co.%20Coke%20Ovens&f=false
MOON RUN RAILROAD: This was posted in several posts on the Montour Railroad Historical Society page by Bob Ciminel and I thought it might interest folks here. Click on the picture to see the Passenger schedule... The Pittsburgh & Moon Run was organized in 1891 and operational in 1893. It was owned by the Montour. When Pittsburgh Coal Co. bought the Montour in 1899 it also acquired the P&MR. The sole purpose of the P&MR was to serve the Moon Run Mine at end-of-track; however, in order to acquire the right-of-way the railroad had to offer passenger service and freight service to the local farmers, hence all the stations listed. Not a date listed when the P&MR ended passenger service but the Montour annulled its passenger trains in 1927. By 1936 the Moon Run Mine was the only customer remaining on the P&MR. The Montour petitioned the ICC to abandon the P&MR in 1938 and the line was abandoned the following year. I-79 follows some of the old P&MR right-of-way, particularly where the big loop follows Moon Run down into Cory.
FROM MILESTONES TO MEMORIES The newly established Archangel Gabriel Parish is looking for YOUR memories of: St. Mary Help of Christians St. Vincent de Paul St. Francis de Sales Holy Trinity Mother of Sorrows St. Malachy St. Mark SS. Cyril and Methodius St. Maria Goretti For a month now there has been an 8' x 8' banner in the front of St. Marys and in the back of St. Malachys and Holy Trinity with a box of special "memory pages" on a table nearby for people to take and write their own special memories of any of the churches above and return them to the church. Near the end of February all the pages will be bound up into a Memory Book for future generations. We have received less than 50 back. So I'm reaching out to you folks, who often talk here about their fond memories of the old churches, to invite you to stop by St. Mary, St. Malachy, or Holy Trinity and grab a sheet or two to record your special memories. Let your friends know. (You history buffs will enjoy the timeline banners!) Thanks!