East Vandergrift Borough

Welcome to East Vandergrift


Discover the Rich History and Strong Community of East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

Welcome to the charming borough of East Vandergrift, nestled in the heart of the Kiskiminetas valley. With roots dating back to the 1700s, this community boasts a rich history and a tight-knit community spirit. From its days as “Morning Sun” to its incorporation as the Borough of East Vandergrift, this area has seen growth, challenges, and resilience. 

Today, East Vandergrift continues to offer its residents a beautiful place to call home, surrounded by the natural beauty of western Pennsylvania and a vibrant community filled with warmth and hospitality. Come explore all that this special place has to offer!

History of East Vandergrift.

The Borough of East Vandergrift is a vibrant community with a rich history dating back to the days when the Delaware and Shawnee Indians occupied the valley of the Kiskiminetas. The first recorded deed for the land that now constitutes East Vandergrift was on March 5, 1773 and was known as “Three Bottoms”. The land changed hands nearly two dozen times over a hundred-year period before being incorporated into a borough on December 18, 1901, under the name “The Borough of East Vandergrift”. At the time of incorporation, the borough had 75 property owners and a population of 700.

For its first ten years, East Vandergrift was a developing community with unpaved streets and a wooden plank sidewalk along McKinley Ave between Reed and Jackson Streets. Despite challenges such as floods and fires, the borough continued to grow and thrive. In 1912, the first sewer line was laid from McKinley to the river, street lights were installed, and the first post office opened. The Apollo Ferry Company transported residents across the river, and an Ice Plant opened in 1911, producing up to 37 tons of ice daily.

By 1920, the population had reached its peak of 2,441, but the borough faced several challenges in the years to follow. In 1933, the school house burned down, and in 1936, both Saint Casimir’s Church and several homes were destroyed by fire and a disastrous flood. Despite these challenges, East Vandergrift remains a proud and vibrant community, with a population of 674 and 331 houses today. The residents of East Vandergrift continue to celebrate their rich history and strong community spirit.

Safety First.

The Railroad and the Kiskiminetas River are important features of the community that must not be overlooked. The railroad runs through the heart of the town, and while its presence may be noticeable, it often becomes a familiar background noise for residents. It is important to exercise caution when crossing the tracks. The Kiskiminetas River offers ample recreational opportunities, such as fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, but it should also be respected for its swift and treacherous currents. Despite its history of severe pollution, the river is now teeming with life and is a popular destination for those seeking a refreshing swim on a hot summer day.

Kiskiminetas River Park.

The Kiskiminetas Park in East Vandergrift is a picturesque location that provides a soothing view of the Kiskiminetas River. Ideal for outdoor events and activities, this park offers a range of amenities that include a spacious playing field, electrical outlets, horseshoe pits, and a protected pavilion.

To rent the park, simply visit the borough office during standard business hours and obtain an application. The park rental fee is $100.00 per day, with an additional $100.00 security deposit that is refundable upon the conclusion of the event. A release form must also be signed prior to the event. All necessary information, including the rental agreement and the terms and conditions, can be found on the application form.

Borough Services

Service Company Phone Website
Sewer Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority 724-568-3655 www.kvwpca.com
Water Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County 724-755-5800 www.mawc.org
Electric West Penn Power 800-686-0021 www.west-penn-power.com
Gas Peoples Natrural Gas 800-764-0111 www.peoples-gas.com
Phone Verizon 800-660-2215 www.verizon.com
Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 www.xfinity.com
Trash Borough Service (Wednesday AM) 724-567-7213 www.evboro.com
Emergency Vandergrift PD & Oklahoma EMS Emergency 911 n.a
School Kiski Area School District 724-845-2022 www.kiskiarea.com

Tax Office

Kimberly Bober, Tax Collector

PO Box 307 • (724) 567-8284

Months Hours
January & February CLOSED
March & April Tuesday - 6pm-7:30pm
Saturday - 9am-11am
May & June Saturdays - 9am-11am
August & September Tuesday - 6pm-7:30pm
Saturday - 9am-11am
October-December Saturdays - 9am-11am
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