Beaver Falls is a city in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located 31 miles (50 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, and on the Beaver River, six miles (9 km) from its Confluence with the Ohio River. A variety of manufacturing plants had kept the residents busy in the twentieth century; however, the city has suffered a fair amount of economic malaise lately due to the decline in the steel-making capacity in the region.
Sites of interest:
- Beaver River Trail, a paved rail trail that runs over the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad right-of-way along the Beaver River.
- Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls, the first public library in Beaver County. The library was established in 1903 and was given a $50,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, making the structure a Carnegie library. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Reeves Field is the playing field for the Beaver Falls Fighting Tigers and the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes football teams.
The closest airport to the city is Beaver County Airport
. Though located in Allegheny County
, Pittsburgh International Airport
is within close proximity of Beaver Falls, and is easily accessible by way of I-376 (former PA 60).
I-376 is located just west of the city, and is accessible from Beaver Falls via PA 51, PA 551, and PA 588. PA 18 is the main road through Beaver Falls, and becomes the city's Main Street when going through downtown. PA 65 is located southeast of Beaver Falls in New Brighton. Plus, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is located just north of Beaver Falls, providing access to the entire state. PA 251 is a small highway located on the western edge of the city in the borough of West Mayfield.
Two major freight haulers in the city include CSX Transportation, and the Norfolk Southern Railway. Both railroads have their mainlines running through Beaver Falls. NS also has a subsidiary line along the east side of the Beaver River. Amtrak's Capitol Limited passes through the city on the NS mainline, but does not stop.
Though it isn't used for transporting goods and materials, the Beaver River is a navigable waterway for boating.