BOSTON - Founded 1886. Named after Boston, Massachusetts. This community within Elizabeth Township sits along the Youghiogheny River. Boston was one of the first trailheads along the Great Allegheny Passage - a very popular Rail Trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.
West of Addison, US 40 crosses the Youghiogheny River at what once
was the town of Somerfield. When crossing the current modern two lane
bridge, you many not realize that it is actually the third to cross the
Yough at this site. The first - a stone arch bridge - was known as the
Great Crossings Bridge. Built in 1818, this three arch bridge was part
of the original National Road. The name Great Crossings comes from the
men who forded the Youghiogheny here - George Washington and George
Braddock. (1) If you cross the bridge at the right time, this historic
bridge and what was once the town of Somerfield will appear out from
underneath this massive man-made lake.
The Great Crossings Bridge was located in the town of
Somerfield. Somerfield, originally named Smythfield until 1827, would
develop as a result of the National Road. (1) Somerfield would go
through various stages of growth and decline throughout the 19th
century. In the early 20th century, Somerfield would d…
LIVERPOOL - Founded 1818. Named for Liverpool, England. The Staily family which settled here - named the town after where they emigrated from Liverpool, England. Located along the Susquehanna River, Liverpool was once an important town along the Pennsylvania Canal.
VERSAILLES BORO - Founded in 1890 and originally part of Versailles Township, the Borough is named after Versailles, France. However, the local pronunciation of the town is much different. It is pronounced - "Ver - Sales" versus "Ver - Sigh".