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Dunbar, PA 4/4/09: The Fayette Central RailRoad Pt. 3
The first railroad to run in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, was the Pittsburgh & Connellsville (P&C). The first section ran from Turtle Creek, near Pittsburgh, to Connellsville. Although the P&C was incorporated in 1837, the first trains did not run in Fayette County until 1855. The delay to reach the county seat of Uniontown was even longer. The leaders of Uniontown initially supported the idea of a railroad. General Henry W. Beeson had been one of the initial subscribers to the P&C, and in the 1830's he supported the advent of the railroads. However, in the 1840's, he changed his position. At a meeting held in Uniontown in July 1845, General Beeson argued that the railroad would take away commerce from the National Road, including all of the businesses in Uniontown, such as black smiths and taverns, which serviced the travelers on the National Road. His efforts slowed the railroads' arrival in Uniontown. However, when the Pennsylvania Railroad opened a line to Pittsburgh in 1852, the citizens of Uniontown were aroused to the importance of the railroads. At another meeting held at the courthouse on January 11,1853, James Veech, Esquire, painted the picture of prosperity that would be brought by the railroad. Subscriptions began that day for the Fayette County Railroad (the first FCRR). The Fayette County Railroad was the first to reach Uniontown when it opened a line between Connellsville and Uniontown in late 1859 that was officially opened on Monday, January 2,1860 ...
A lady’s reputation was not to be trifled with in Western Pennsylvania in 1884. A dispute in Uniontown over the honor of a 16-year-old girl left two men dead and a third on trial for his life in a Pittsburgh courtroom.