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Beaver Area Historical Museum

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Beaver Area Historical Museum

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Location Details

PHONE: 724-775-7174
ADDRESS: 1 River Road Extension
Beaver, PA 15009
HOURS: March to December: Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm
COST: Free

Description

In a land called Beaver, it seems only fitting that the local museum would pay tribute to this furry mammal. The Beaver Area Historical Museum agrees, so a solitary stuffed beaver figures prominently in its displays. Noted for its paddle-like tail and industrious incisors, the beaver is the second-largest rodent in the world, measuring up to 4 feet and weighing up to 95 pounds. (Just in case you were wondering, the capybara of South America is the largest.) Although the Museum’s beaver is anonymous, he (or she) represents a long and storied past. The earliest settlers and Indians hunted and traded beavers. In fact, they nearly hunted the animal into extinction.

Of course, the tale of the Beaver area extends beyond its name-sake. And in telling that story, the Museum packs a lot of information into a relatively small space. The building is a former freight station for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE) Railroad. The 90-year-old station stood vacant from the 1960s until 1996 when the Borough of Beaver turned the property over to the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation. Two years and $350,000 later, the transformation was complete. The building features insulation, new windows, and total climate control, while original features like the oak flooring in the main room, exterior lighting fixtures, and the outdoor water fountain were carefully preserved.

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