A report on Ambridge, Pennsylvania

Presbyterian church in Ambridge from a pre-1923 postcard.
Laughlin Memorial Library.

Borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Beaver County, Pennsylvania

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County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

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Map of Beaver County, Pennsylvania public school districts. Note that two districts on this map, Monaca School District and Center Area School District, merged in 2009 to form the Central Valley School District.
Map of Beaver County, Pennsylvania with municipal labels showing cities and boroughs (red), townships (white), and census-designated places (blue)

The Ohio River flows north through Beaver County from a point near Ambridge, then turns west near Beaver and on to the Ohio and West Virginia borders. It divides the southern third of the county from the northern two-thirds.

The Rapp house in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania.

Old Economy Village

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The Rapp house in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania.
Grotto (far left) and statue of Harmonia in the Harmony Society gardens in Old Economy Village.
Harmony Society church in Old Economy Village
Interior of the Feast Hall, which was used for communal celebrations.
Johann Georg Rapp (George Rapp) 1757–1847.

Old Economy Village is a historic settlement in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States.

The Harmony Society church in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania

Harmony Society

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Christian theosophy and pietist society founded in Iptingen, Germany, in 1785.

Christian theosophy and pietist society founded in Iptingen, Germany, in 1785.

The Harmony Society church in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania
Johann Georg Rapp (George Rapp) 1757–1847
Harmony Society building in Harmony, Pennsylvania, built in 1809.
Harmony Society buildings in New Harmony, Indiana.
The Rapp house in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania.
Grotto (far left) and statue of Harmonia in the Harmony Society gardens in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania.
Virgin Sophia design on doorway in Harmony, Pennsylvania, carved by Frederick Reichert Rapp (1775–1834).

The Society is best known for its worldly successes, most notably the establishment of three model communities, the first at Harmony, Pennsylvania; the second, also called Harmony, in the Indiana Territory, now New Harmony, Indiana; and the third and final town at Economy, now Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Rapp as painted from memory by Phineas Staunton (1835)

George Rapp

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Rapp as painted from memory by Phineas Staunton (1835)
Church at Iptingen, Rapp's home village
Map of Harmony (1833).
Virgin Sophia design on doorway in Harmony, Pennsylvania, carved by Frederick Reichert Rapp (1775-1834).

John George Rapp (Johann Georg Rapp; November 1, 1757 in Iptingen, Duchy of Württemberg – August 7, 1847 in Economy, Pennsylvania) was the founder of the religious sect called Harmonists, Harmonites, Rappites, or the Harmony Society.

Harmony Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

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Township and census-designated place in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Township and census-designated place in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Harmony Township has four land borders, including Baden to the north, Economy to the east, Ambridge to the southwest, and the Allegheny County neighborhood of Leet Township to the south.

Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

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City in Beaver County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, located on the Ohio River in the western portion of the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

City in Beaver County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, located on the Ohio River in the western portion of the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

An aerial view of Aliquippa in 1938. The Jones and Laughlin Steel Company plant is visible in the background.
The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad's Aliquippa station.

Across the Ohio River, the city runs adjacent with, from north to south, the borough of Baden, Harmony Township and the borough of Ambridge which connects to Aliquippa via the Ambridge–Aliquippa Bridge.

Paul Hertneky

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Paul Hertneky is an American journalist and author best known for his 2016 book Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood, about the Baby boomers he grew up with in the rust belt mill town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, where he was once a steel worker.

Ambridge Area High School

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Ambridge High School is a midsized, suburban secondary school in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Ambridge Area School District

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Midsized, urban public school district in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Midsized, urban public school district in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

It serves the boroughs of Ambridge, Baden, Economy and South Heights and Harmony Township.

American Bridge Company

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Heavy/civil construction firm that specializes in building and renovating bridges and other large, complex structures.

Heavy/civil construction firm that specializes in building and renovating bridges and other large, complex structures.

The Eads Bridge on the Mississippi River, the first major bridge built primarily of steel, was constructed by one of American Bridge Co.'s antecedents in 1874.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York Harbor
New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia
Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

The town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, was an American Bridge company town (thus the name "Ambridge"), and is near their current headquarters of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.