“Why are you building houses there? No one will ever want to live in a rock pile!”
This was a frequent question and comment made by some people in 1926 when brothers-in-law Lawrence William (Bill) Darr and Charles B. Hegan bought ninety acres of land on a foothill of Laurel Mountain. They planned to develop the land into a cottage community, mainly for Pittsburgh residents to enjoy between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
At the start of the new millennium there were one hundred cottages, most of which are full time residences that were remodeled and enlarged.
Major changes occurred as the community transitioned. Gas, electric, street signs and house numbers were installed. The Laughlintown Post Office began to deliver of mail to residents who installed mailboxes.
In 1982, the community seceded from Ligonier Township to become Pennsylvania’s smallest and second smallest borough in terms of land and population. Had the community delayed until the 1990s to secede from Ligonier Township it would have failed: the law changed to require a minimum population of 500 to become a borough. The borough’s 2000 census lists a residency of 189.
The short history of Laurel Mountain Borough is rich and detailed.
A two-part article on the community (written by me) was published in the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine in their summer and fall editions, 2001. Copies are available by calling (724/238-3493) or E-mailing (laurelmountainboro at yahoo.com) me. Periodically the Laurel Mountain Borough & Park Online Newsletter will post parts of this article, filing it in the “HISTORY” category. Carolyn.
To continue reading this history, click on LAUREL MOUNTAIN BOROUGH HISTORY 1-A
I also wrote a small town feature for Focus Magazine, Tribune-Review published in February 2002.
If any current or former residents have stories they would to share about LMB’s history, E-mail or call me. It would be nice to post the information in the “HISTORY” category. ——Written by Carolyn, L.M.B. site manager