William Young Brady

Author of "Brodhead's Trail up the Allegheny, 1779,"

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as recorded in the diaries of such pioneer explorers as Christopher Gist and Conrad Weiser. Since then the first highway along the Allegheny River (1) before turning eastward (1) due to the rough terrain and crowding hills (1) even though it involved two viaducts across that river. There is some evi- dence that rather indirect paths had previously been used through the voods east of the Allegheny by detachments of Brodhead's troops in raveling from Fort Pitt to Fort Crawford (N (1) followed the right bank of the Ohio and Allegheny rivers from the mouth of Beaver Creek via Pittsburgh to a point above the site of Tarentum (1) Fort Hand (south of Apollo) and Fort Armstrong (Kittanning). However (1) Fort Hand was seven or eight miles from the river by the nearest air line and it is unlikely that Brodhead would unnecessarily separate his •and and water troops by such a breadth of unbroken (1) Franklin PA; French Forts Venango (1) in the neighborhood of Forty Second Street (1) known as the Kittanning Road (1) later the Traders Path (1) Le Boeuf; French Creek ford; Allegheny River ford; Indian trails; early roads; George Croghan; C.F. Post; Madame Montour; George Washington; French and Indian War; Gen. Harmar's Indian campaign 1788; St. Clair's Indian campaign 1791; Le Boeuf Road 1796-17 (1) No Doubt (1) no main highway to this day follows the eastern bank. For similar reasons (1) Pittsburgh (1) rugged forest.; In leaving Fort Pitt the boats would load and depart from the Monongahela bank which from the earliest times was the best landing and wharf. The land column would proceed in a northeasterly course along the Forbes Road several miles to a p (1) Sullivan campaign against Iroquois in New York (1) The route chosen for the land travel northward from Pittsburgh at least as far as the mouth of Kiskiminitas River was undoubtedly the westerly (right) bank of the Allegheny River. In support of this theory the following considerations are worthy of mentio (1) the route of that portion of the Pennsylvania Canal from the mouth of the Kiskiminitas River to Pitts- burgh was switched to the western bank of the Allegheny River (1) the site of Tionesta; Kaskusky; Kittanning; Cornplanter Township; Shenango-Venango trail; (1) was laid out along the western bank of the river while (1) where a ford across the Allegheny River is noted on Lewis Evans' map of 1755. (1)
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