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North Side: Perry Hilltop-Perrysville Avenue

"At the time of its settlement, Perrysville Avenue was a part of the Venango trail, an Indian path leading north of 'Allegheny Town.' Commodore Perry used the Trail to carry supplies from Pittsburgh to Erie for his lake battle against the British during the War of 1812. Known as Franklin Road during the early part of the 19th century, the roadway was used, after 1828, for the transport of cargo north from the Pennsylvania Canal. A private corporation rebuilt the road at this time, covering it with planks to lessen dust and mud. Tolls were then imposed on users of the Perrysville Plank Road." (44)

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