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The WEECC Is No Longer Active

Our community is now represented by the:
Elliott Community Group

In late 2010 community involvement with the West End Elliott Citizens Council ceased after 47 years of service. This started with the loss of two very active friends and neighbors: Elmer Clark who passed on in 2009, and Norene Beatty who moved to another nearby community. The last known participant was Matt Hogue.

These pages are no longer maintainted, and remain online for historical review.
Overlook Dedicated In Memory Of Elmer

Dedication Plaque Family and Mayor Elmer M. Clark
Elmer M Clark
Sept. 29, 1940 - Dec. 3, 2009
He was one of the greatest assets that the West End Elliott Citizens Council ever had. He lived and breathed for the children and the community. - Norene Beatty

View and sign Elmer's remberence guestbook
Also see Post Gazette: news story, and obituary.

- The communities with a view -

Old Stone Tavern
1794? 1752? Older?

Tavern Front

Tavern Front

Tavern Front

Tavern Front

Area Map 1870ish

Old Stone Tavern in the West End Pittsburgh

The Old Stone Tavern in the West End has been dated as likely existing prior to 1794, and it was a big player in the Whiskey Rebellion. The tavern was owned by Daniel Elliott who received a patent for the land it stands on in 1785. However, there is a crude place on the building where 1752 is carved, and this rasies a question: was it built prior to Daniel Elliott? This is possibly the oldest building remaining in Pittsburgh, and also somwhat of a mystery. At the very least, an Old Stone Tavern journal from Fort Pitt was found at the Carnegie Library, and it was dated 1794.

Daniel Elliott's oldest son John had one daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth Elliott married John Moor Snowden, the son of John Maugride Snowden who was mayor of Pittsburgh from 1825 to 1828. Their son was named John Elliott Snowden. Michael Shealey, one of the people working to save the tavern, was able to locate a great, great, great, great grandson of Daniel Elliott, John Elliott Snowden IV, and he visited Pittsburgh in August of 2009, and he made a video about the tavern.

Text of video presntation by great, great, great, great grandson "John Elliott Snowden IV":

Daniel Elliott - Indian Trader, Soldier, Businessman, Land Speculator, Husband & Father.
When Daniel Elliot first came to “the Forks” there was no Pittsburgh, no Allegheny County and no United States of America! This was all old growth forest, wide shallow rivers with no flood control dams, and plenty of Indians. But this is where Daniel Elliott would make his mark later in life.

When I first heard that Daniel Elliott was probably the builder of The Old Stone Tavern, I was stunned that something so old had survived all these years! To think we had a building that old, still standing, through all these changes and 7 generations later. Unbelievable! Fantastic! What else from that time is still here? Not much. Look down the Ohio at “Old Economy Village” in Ambridge. When George Rapp brought the Harmonites back to Pennsylvania in 1824, The Old Stone Tavern was at least 40 years old. As well preserved and historic as the Old Economy Village is, it does not hold a candle to the historic significance of The Old Stone Tavern in the West End.

I'm sure my Great-great-great-great grandfather would not recognize the city that stands at “the forks” today. In his day, there was the fort, a few log cabins, a few stores, a church or two and more Indians than white men. But more settlers were on the way, and he was figuring out how to profit from it. When the Federal government wanted to get the Indians to give up their Pennsylvania lands, who did they call on for help getting the Indian Chiefs to agree? Daniel Elliott and his Father-in-law, Col. Alexander Lowery. They spoke the languages of the tribes involved and had earned their trust by square dealings with them over 30+ years. Both men had Indian wives and many children with Indian blood. They had lived among the Native tribes and knew their ways. Both men had served in the war for independence and fought for freedom from British tyranny. They were also trusted by the American Government to make a peace that would hold. The Treaty of Fort McIntosh, which was signed 27 miles down the Ohio from the Point, is what pushed the Indians to the Northwest Territory, which we know today as Ohio.

Yes, Daniel Elliott was not as famous as Daniel Boone, but he was a Pittsburgher. He served his country and his neighbors. He was a friend to the Native People of the mountains, and he found a way to turn a good profit through hard work and perseverance. He went from a boy carrying mail for the British army to an Indian trader to a soldier in the Pennsylvania Militia. Through land speculation he circumvented laws about how much land you could own in order to stake a claim twice the size of his neighbors. He built a sawmill, flour mill, salt works, ferry & toll house, The Old Stone Tavern was that toll house. Let's save that one little piece that still stands, let us remember our Daniel Boone, Pittsburgh's Daniel Boone, Daniel Elliott.

Let's save Daniel Elliott's Old Stone Tavern.

- John Elliott Snowden IV, 2009


(advocates for preservation)

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