is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh
in the United States
Brookline was a part of the larger West Liberty Borough
before its absorption intoPittsburgh
in 1908. Early in its history, the area was mostly inhabited by miners and farmers. At the turn of the century, when the mining industry in the area declined, only farms were left.
Dawn of the 20th century
With the dawn of the 20th century brought many technological advances that helped the South Hills
of Pittsburgh flourish. First, the transportation of coal from the area opened up the Pittsburgh & Castle Shannon Railroad Co. to install lines going to the area. This included a tunnel to be bored from downtown Pittsburgh, through Mt. Washington
, and to exit right above South Hills Junction
. With the age of automobiles looming, a few decades later the Liberty Tunnel
was completed. This helped create a boom in the South Hills areas.
Brookline was linked by streetcar
to downtown Pittsburgh in 1905 by Pittsburgh Railways
who built a single line south along West Liberty Avenue, turning east on a private right of way and then following Brookline Boulevard to Saw Mill Run. This initial line was cut back to Edgebrook Avenue a year later, but in 1909 the track was doubled and a loop put in near the end of Witt Street. In 1915 the line was extended south along West... Read More