Chippewa Township was formed in January 1816 when the Beaver County Court divided South Beaver Township and Ohio Township into four townships. One township was called Adams for Dr. Samuel Adams. The township name soon changed to Chippewa, which comes from the Indian word Chipwayanwok, meaning tailskins.
Fun facts about Chippewa Township:
–McKinley School #3 is a former one-room school which is open today as a historical site. Students were taught there from 1879 to 1929. After 1929 students went to Chippewa Elementary School.
-In 1901 the first business was McLauglin’s Blacksmith Shop, located at the corner of Blackhawk and Winterburn Roads.
-The Beaver County Airport was dedicated in 1953. It is a general aviation reliever airport with a single runway. Flight and controller training take place here. The Air Heritage Museum is located at the airport and it features aviation artifacts from the early days to the present.
-The township is home to the I.S. and Gertrude Sahli Nature Park, a green space for protection of natural resources for low-impact recreation and environmental education for enjoyment by the public.
-Students attend Blackhawk School District.