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Ellwood City was founded in 1892 by developer Henry Watters Hartman. The borough was named after Isaac L. Ellwood, one of the inventors of barbed wire.

The community grew rapidly with the development of a strong industrial base fostered in large part by the development of the seamless tube industry. The first seamless steel tubes in America were pierced in Ellwood City in June of 1895 by inventor and engineer Ralph C. Stiefel.

The first seamless tube company, Ellwood Weldless Tube Company, made seamless tubing for the bicycle industry. This firm was later acquired by the Shelby Tube Company that was the nucleus of the national tube division of United States Steel.

Frank Patton seated in the wagon. A.M. Eshelman at B & O passenger station 1910.

First car on the Pittsburgh Division PHNC & Butler Railway Company.

The influx of "new Americans" from Italy, Germany, and other European regions added a diverse ethnicity to the Ellwood City population. Lawrence County continues to have the largest Italian population of any county in the state of Pennsylvania.

The community of Ellwood City today is blessed with a fine public school system, a diversity of churches, safe neighborhoods, and the vast majority of the citizens owning their own homes.

External Link:   www.ellwoodhistory.com

Borough of Ellwood City, 525 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117  (724) 758-7777
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