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Burnstown School - Ellwood City PA

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The Burnstown School, sometimes called the Bend School, was located in the Burnstown area near the Tube Mill (Mill A). The area was then part of Wayne Township. I believe “the bend” refers to the area where the Connoquenessing Creek curves sharply around modern-day Ellport. The two-room wooden schoolhouse was built sometime in the late 1800’s. As the Ellwood City area grew rapidly the school, which served grades 1-8, became overcrowded. Additions were made to the building in 1921-22, when a single room structure was erected behind the school, and possibly in 1928. The aging school was torn down in mid-1935 and the students were transferred nearby to the “new” Bend School – built in 1923 and soon known as the Ellport Public School. Some of the lumber from the old Burnstown School was utilized to build a temporary building behind the Ellport School. (Photo courtesy of Richard Gartley) (1915) Full Size

The old Burnstown School. Thelma Gartley (in white dress) is standing second from left end. (Photo courtesy of Richard Gartley) (1915) Full Size

A class photo from the Burnstown School that was located near what became the Borough of Ellport in early 1929. The school was expanded over the years and may have had as many as six classrooms when it was torn down in 1935. Martha Gartley is standing in top row – third from left end (I believe with the black lace hanging on front of dress). (Photo courtesy of Richard Gartley) (c1920) Full Size


  1. I believe my mother, Frances L Vollrath is pictured in the last row (6th child in from left) in the second picture Thanks for supplying this bit of history for me.


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