Farrell, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

Farrell, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Roland Barksdale-Hall


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Farrell, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) by Roland Barksdale-Hall

In 1912, Farrell took its name from James A. Farrell, president of US Steel at the time. Founded 11 years earlier as South Sharon, this lively 20th-century boomtown emerged from swamp and woodlands and was later hailed as "The Magic City." Ripley's Believe It or Not listed Farrell as having one of the highest numbers of churches and bars per capita. Nationalist churches, ethnic homes, and independent businesses rendered a cosmopolitan flavor. Southern and Eastern European emigrants, as well as Southern migrants, found a safe haven in Farrell, and across the country, Jewish people regarded the city as "The Pearl." By the 1950s, Farrell was a well-known sports title town, a producer of NFL standouts, and home of Sharon Steel, a major US steelmaker that was captured by artist Norman Rockwell. By the 1990s, spunky Farrell had its own library and hospital, had overcome mill closure, and was home of the Instant Urban League.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738592305
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,272,889
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Roland Barksdale-Hall partnered with the Shenango Valley Urban League, Mercer County Historical Society, and Stey-Nevant Public Library to compile photographs and information for Images of America: Farrell--his second book in the series, the first being African Americans in Mercer County. A local historian and newspaper correspondent, he is recipient of the prestigious 2003 Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society National History Award.

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