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From: Nancy Long <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Daniel Elliott Old Stone Tavern West End Pittsburgh
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:02:12 -0400
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You have done a great job telling the story of the Old Stone Tavern and
doing the video. Keep us advised of the result of the 9/8/09 decision.

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 9:45 PM, <> wrote:

> Hi list,
> The Old Stone Tavern may be made an historic site. It goes to the
> Pittsburgh
> City counsel 9/8/2009.
> The Tavern was built by my ancestor Daniel Elliott. I made a video on
> Youtube. Here is a link;
> [1]
> Text;
> Daniel Elliott - Indian Trader, Soldier, Businessman, Land Speculator,
> Husband & Father.
> When Daniel Elliot first came to âthe Forksâ 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 âOld
> Economy
> Villageâ 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 âthe forksâ 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.
> Thanks!
> John
> References
> 1.
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