Midland Borough

Midland Borough was established in 1906. Its history goes back further than this. By 1792, patents for tracts of land bearing colorful names such as The Ohio Adonis, Apollo’s Retreat, Happy Retreat and Bachelor’s Delight, were taken out. Once the county was established in 1800, the land was divided and sold. The area of Midland was part of South Beaver Township in 1800, and in 1805, it passed into Ohio Township. By 1856, parts of the town were in Industry Township.

Fun facts about Midland:

-McKeesport coal operator and riverman, J.A. Neel, purchased 194 acres of farmland, which he farmed and grew apples, musk melons and operated a steam-powered cider press.

-In 1865, J.A. Noel donated land to establish a school which was known as Neel’s School District.

-In 1905, the Neel, Kaine, Brucker and McCoy farms were purchased, and the Midland Steel Co. opened the same year on these properties.

-The First National Bank and Midland Hotel were built in 1906.

-A foundry was built in 1906 by S. Jarvis-Adams Co., and later it became part of Mackintosh-Hemphill Co.

Crucible Steel purchased Midland Steel Co. in 1911. It closed in the early 1980’s.

-Midland native Norm VanLier was a NBA All Star Guard with the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.

PA Cyber Charter School, headquartered in Midland, opened in 2000. It is a Kindergarten to Grade 12 on-line school available to all Pennsylvania students. It has enrolled thousands of students.

-The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland opened in 2006 with 250 students the first year. It is a tuition-free school for students in grades 7 to 12. They can study music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, health science and the arts.

-The town is well known for its yearly July 4 parade and celebration in the park and fireworks.