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Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - AUGUST
08/02/1772 Earliest Church Records in County - Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church
08/03/1773 First lawyer, Francis Dade admitted to Westmoreland County Bar
08/05/1763 Battle of Bushy Run
08/06/1763 Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run
8/07/1742 Nathanael Greene was born. Greensburg was named for this Revolutionary War general.
08/07/1882 Seton Hill College founded
08/10/1786 Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed
08/20/1867 Donegal incorporated
08/24/1781 Lochry's Defeat
8/29/1904 Trafford incorporated
08/31/1818 Arthur St. Clair died
08/31/1952 Last run of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road
See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.