Jacob Beltzhoover

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Jacob Beltzhoover
Born (1770-05-16)May 16, 1770
Washington County, Maryland
Died August 7, 1835(1835-08-07) (aged 56)>
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ethnicity Pennsylvania German
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Saams
Children Mary Ann, Sarah
Parent(s) Melchior Beltzhoover, Elizabeth Schunk

Jacob Beltzhoover was a pioneer of St. Clair Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He and his family received a land grant from the Penn family. He was one of six sons of Melchior Beltzhoover,[1] a tavern keeper from Hagerstown, Maryland who immigrated from Metterzimmern, Germany in 1752.

Ferry and Bridge on the Monongahela

Monongahela Bridge
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Carries Smithfield Street
Crosses Monongahela River
Locale Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Preceded by Beltzhoover Ferry
Followed by Roebling's Monongahela Wire Suspension Bridge
Design covered bridge
Material wood
Number of spans 8 of 1188 feet (57 m)
Constructed by Louis Wernwag
Construction end 21 November 1818
Opened 10 October 1818
Collapsed north end, 21 January 1832, re-opened 29 October 1832
Closed 10 April 1845
Toll yes
Structurae database listing [1]

He owned a ferry that ran from the end of Wood Street across the Monongahela. The ferry was operated by William Graham, who kept a tavern at the northwest corner of Wood and Water Street. The ferry was in operation until 1818, when it was replaced by the Monongahela Bridge, in which he was a shareholder. One of Beltzhoover's coal wagons was on the bridge when it collapsed in 1832. [2] The collapsed north end of the bridge was re-built, and the bridge re-opened on 29 October 1832. The bridge was destroyed in The Great Fire of Pittsburgh on 10 April 1845. [3]


In 1825, he opened a mine on the northern side of Mt. Washington, across the river from the town of Pittsburgh. This penetrated the hill to the southern side in 1861, and was later enlarged to become the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Tunnel.


He was a slaveholder, with child slaves registered in the county courthouse.[4]

He died 7 August 1835.[5]


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