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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location in Allegheny County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Township Richland
Area
 • Total 10.0 sq mi (26 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,733
 • Density 273.3/sq mi (105.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
15044
Area codes 724, 878
School District Pine-Richland School District, Deer Lakes School District, Hampton Township School District, Mars Area School District, North Allegheny School District

Gibsonia is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Richland Township, Allegheny County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, north of the city of Pittsburgh. It had a population of 2,733 at the 2010 Census. Its ZIP code is 15044.

Geography

Gibsonia is located in the central and southwest parts of Richland Township, and it is 16 miles (26 km) north of downtown Pittsburgh. The CDP's elevation is 1,037 feet (316 m) above sea level. Gibsonia appears on the Valencia U.S. Geological Survey Map. The area is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

History

Gibsonia was named in honor of the Gibson family who settled the area; their original house is still standing. The early history of Gibsonia is, naturally enough, interwoven with the history of the Gibson family. About the time of the Civil War, Charles Gibson, Jr., built on Grubbs Road the first steam flour mill west of the Alleghenies. His granddaughter, Nancy Gibson James, recalls hearing her uncle tell of the farmers riding to the mill with sacks of grain across the saddles. The Gibson family homestead was built by her grandfather, Charles Gibson, Jr., in 1839. Just below the home, near the railroad crossing, still remains the foundation of Charles Gibson's general store. This building, destroyed by fire in 1908, besides housing the store was also the first post office in Gibsonia. For about ten years before it burned it was in use as a mission of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.

The village was linked to Pittsburgh and Butler by the Pittsburgh and Butler Street Railway in 1907. The line closed in 1931, services being replaced by buses along Route 8.

It is the home of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum.

Amenities

Gibsonia is home to many offerings for local shoppers. The Richland Mall is located on Route 8. Shops located in this mall are Shop 'n Save, Kohl's, T.J. Maxx, Emiliano's Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Command Performance Salon, and more. Route 8 is also home to much more than just the Richland Mall. There is also a Walmart, Econo Lodge, The North Park Club House, All Pet Animal Hospital, Advance Auto Parts, Award & More, Rite Aid, Lin's Garden, Kings Family Restaurants, Giant Eagle, Starbucks, Adrian's Pizza, Dunham's Sports, various fast food restaurants, and more. Late in the 2000s, a new shopping complex was built along Route 8 in Gibsonia. It is located near the border of Bakerstown next to the Grandview neighborhood of Gibsonia. This new shopping mall is home to a Target, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lowe's, GameStop, Sally's Beauty Supply, Applebee's, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Famous Footwear, and a PNC Bank. The Treesdale neighborhood of Gibsonia is also home to a few local offerings, such as Luca's Bistro, Lamparski Orthodontics, and Salon Vivace to name a few. Bon Tool's (www.bontool.com) global headquarters, east coast distribution center, and primary manufacturing facility can be found along Gibsonia Road in Gibsonia as well.

Education

The area around Gibsonia is mainly located in the Pine-Richland School District, as well as the Hampton Township School District, North Allegheny School District, Deer Lakes School District, and a small portion of the Mars Area School District. According to Greatschools.com, Pine-Richland School District ranks 10/10, Hampton Township School District ranks 10/10, Deer Lakes School District ranks 7/10, and Mars Area School District ranks 9/10 based on academic performance on state tests.

The Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh is located south of Gibsonia in Hampton Township. It is a private school serving pre-K through Grade 12.

Gibsonia is also the site of Chatham University's Eden Hall campus, which is used for various environmental studies, and as a community college for Gibsonia.

Notable people

  • Erik Buell, founder, Erik Buell Racing; CTO, Buell Motorcycle Company
  • David I. Cleland, the "Father of Project Management"
  • Jackie Evancho, classical crossover singer, actress, and model
  • Stephen Frick, retired NASA astronaut and commander of two space shuttle missions in 2002 and 2008
  • Meghan Klingenberg, member of United States Women's National Soccer Team
  • Louis J. Reizenstein, philanthropist, international importer of glass and china ware
  • Florence S. Reizenstein, civil rights activist
  • Fran Rogel, Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler All-Pro running back
  • Brandon Saad, National Hockey League player and two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Jonas Salk, resident when he developed the vaccine for polio
  • Joe Trees, industrialist and noted philanthropist; his 2,600-acre (11 km2) estate in Gibsonia was devoted to a large extent to fruit trees
  • Neil Walker, former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman
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