Broadhead Fording Road

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Broadhead Fording Road
Neighborhood Fairywood
Origin of name Daniel Brodhead and a ford of Chartiers Creek

Broadhead Fording Road is named for Colonel Daniel Brodhead (1736–1809) and a fording (i.e., a ford) of Chartiers Creek that was near this location.[1]:9–11 During the Revolutionary War, Brodhead was the American commander of the Western Department from 1779 to 1781, with his headquarters at Fort Pitt.[2][3]:90–91,95–97[4][5] After the war, he was appointed surveyor general of Pennsylvania in 1789 and served in that position for eleven years.[3]:90–91,95–97 A post office named Brodhead (or Broad Head) in his honor was established in 1857 on the east bank of Chartiers Creek near today's Thornburg Bridge (Steubenville Pike).[6][7][1]:23 When the railroad station in modern Crafton opened in 1865, it was at first called Brodhead Station, but it was soon renamed Crafton Station (see Crafton Boulevard).[8][7][1]:29–31 The post office was moved and renamed Crafton in 1881.[1]:35

An earlier commander at Fort Pitt, General Edward Hand (eponym of Hand Street, today Ninth Street), established a smallpox hospital, the first federal hospital in the United States, at this location on Chartiers Creek in 1777.[2][1]:9–11

Brodhead Road, which today runs between Robert Morris University and Monaca, originally extended all the way to Fort Pitt. This road was built by General Lachlan McIntosh, Brodhead's predecessor at Fort Pitt, to supply Fort McIntosh (on the site of today's town of Beaver), but it was subsequently used by Brodhead and gained his name.[3]:86,237[9]


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