West Elizabeth

The Borough of West Elizabeth

West Elizabeth

Historical Background:


  • The settlement’s origins are traced to a Frenchman named Arnold Ville who made the journey from New York on foot and by canoe.
  • In 1833 Gilbert Stephens, Samuel Frew, Andrew Craighead and Erastus Percival unofficially established West Elizabeth.  Soon after settling, Stephens began one of the first industries – steamboat production
  • In 1834 Property owner Thomas Robinson offered $50 person to build a home in the newly established municipality.  The winner was John Keenan built his home at the corner of Second and Market streets.
  • In 1835 A sawmill and yard was added at the foot of Border Street.  Within two years, 14 boats were built and launched.
  • In 1841 The first Church was established by the Presbyterians.
  • In 1842 The first coal mine was established on a hillside which is claimed to be the first place in the Mon Valley were coal was mined to be shipped elsewhere via water.  Also in 1842, the first post office was established, Sereno Percival served as the first postmaster.
  • In 1848 West Elizabeth was incorporated as a borough by a special act of the state legislature taken from Jefferson Township which at that time was claimed by the colony of Virginia.
  • In 1852 A major flood led to the demise of the boat industry by the following year.
  • In 1893 The ferry connecting Elizabeth and West Elizabeth went out of business when the first Elizabeth Bridge was opened.  The new overpass connected to Williamsport Road.


  • In 1948 Construction began on the existing Elizabeth Bridge that connects West Elizabeth and Elizabeth Borough, unfortunately displacing many commercial and residential properties for creation of the bridge’s ramp.

 West Elizabeth Today

The snug and humble town of West Elizabeth currently provides a stock of reasonably priced housing in proximity to the shores of the Monongahela River. 

There are two parks in the borough that have just been newly renovated and each are respectively located on 1st and 7th Avenue. 

A ball park just off Water Street is available to borough residents. If you are interested in regularly bringing a team down to the field, please call and register with the borough offices. 



Total Population:518
Minority Population:15
Total Housing Units:250
Vacant Housing Units:16.0%
Median Household Income:$39,436
Per Capita Income:$16,965
Individuals Below Poverty Level:25.2%

Community Profile

West Elizabeth


 Borough Offices and Council 

Borough Offices are located on 800 4th Street and can be reached by Phone at (412) 384-8200 or Fax at (412) 384-0538. All mail for the borough should be sent to PO Box 716, West Elizabeth, PA 15088. Borough Offices are open:

  • Tuesday- 9:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday – 9:00 am – Noon
  • Friday – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Borough Staff

Staff PersonPosition
Robin SchmidtBorough Secretary
Tim ButlerPolice Chief (Elizabeth Borough)
Mike DellFire Chief
Bill WolfgangCode Enforcer
Matt RacunasSolicitor

Borough Council

Meeting occur the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm  in the Borough Offices.

Elected OfficialPosition
Ralph HarringtonMayor
Louise BiddleCouncil President
Ray Armstrong, Sr.Council Member
Daryl CelestinoCouncil Member
Janet IsaacsCouncil Member
Ray DoddsCouncil Member
Frank MagillCouncil Member
Lisa MorrisCouncil Member