Welcome to Connellsville! We are located in Fayette County, Southwestern Pennsylvania — a
city rich in history and home to 7,637 people along the banks of
the Youghiogheny River.
Founded in 1806 by Zachariah Connell, Connellsville became a city with
the unification of New Haven and Connellsville in 1909 to become the
first city in Fayette County.
During the coke and coal days, Connellsville had at one time more
millionaires per capita than any other place in the country and possibly
the world. This was when Connellsville was king of coal and coke with
beehive ovens lighting up the hillsides. Railroads crisscrossed the
city; streetcars connected neighborhoods and other towns. When
Connellsville became a city in 1909, estimates have the population at
more than 22,000. However, the demand for coke around the turn of the
century pushed many other emerging industries out, making the city along
with Fayette County almost entirely dependent on both coal and coke.
When better heating processes were developed, Connellsville coke was no
longer needed and the industry went bust — along with the economy of
The city's once great legacy can still be seen in beautiful churches,
buildings, and houses.
Additional Resources at: www.connellsvillehistoricalsociety.com