Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated: February 4, 2018

Welcome to Emsworth Borough, we are located just a few miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, just off of Route 65 North.  Emsworth Borough is located on land that was originally purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the heirs of William Penn. The purchase was ratified by a local tribe of Indians shortly before the French and Indian War. There was no attempt to develop this land until the Revolutionary War. Young men were promised parcels of land in addition to any pay if they would remain in the army and defend their country.

A tract of land, Emsworth, was patented to John Wilkins. The name "Emsworth" is reported to have been the name of an old English Duke. The first settler, John Cheney, took up residence in 1802. In 1805 he sold the property of Emsworth to David and William Courtney. William married the daughter of William Dickson, who had been one of the first settlers in Ben Avon. William built a stone home on the property that is presently the athletic field along Ohio River Boulevard; the Courtneys raised and educated eighteen children. President Zachary Taylor was a guest in the Courtney home

The present Borough of Emsworth was crossed by the old Makintosh trail, which extended from Fort Pitt to what now is the Town of Beaver. Many families seeking to find their fortunes in the West were drawn to Emsworth because of its scenic beauty and location near waterways.

Served by the Avonworth School District, Emsworth is approximately one square mile in size, is still a very peaceful and well maintained borough, and is proud to be the home of young families as well as a number of senior citizens. 


       Monthly Council Meeting

The next monthly council meeting will be held on January 10th at

6:30 PM at the Emsworth Borough Building. 

Reorganizational Meeting 

Council  will hold a reorganizational meeting on 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

Hon. Tara Smith has agreed to officiate.

Emsworth Borough Council held a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 21, 2017 in anticipation of the bridge opening on Friday, December 22, 2017 which is well ahead of the construction deadline of April 2018.

The bridge is owned by Port Authority of Allegheny County. It was closed in February 2017 to make major repairs to improve the safety of the bridge and to enable the removal of weight restrictions.

Emsworth Borough Council wants to thank the Port Authority for making it a priority to repair the bridge. Mosites Contracting was the contractor for the job. We are pleased that the contractor was able to complete the work earlier than expected.

Mayor Dee Quinn took a personal interest in the project by keeping in contact with the Port Authority over the last six years to impress on them the importance of keeping this community connected with a properly functioning bridge. Port Authority invested approximately $1.2 million in the project.


Pictured from left to right, Emsworth Fire Chief Jim Kohl, Emsworth Borough Secretary Cathy Jones, Emsworth Council President Kevin Yurkovich