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A former market town, Canonsburg's main street, Central Avenue, was known for its shops, taverns, and artisans' workshops. Canonburg's citizens are interested with both preserving town history and modernization, taking an old Bridge Works facility and transforming it for multiple business uses by Colonial Iron Works, Pennsylvania Transformer Technology, and others. The town was home to the Black Horse Tavern, which was the birthplace of the Whiskey Rebellion. By the early 20th century, the tavern was demolished to build the high school. The Canonsburg borough is served by the Canon-McMillan School District and the private St. Patrick's School. There are several preschool and kindergarten options as well as two technical schools, the California University of Pennsylvania, and a University of Phoenix campus.

A borough in a rich coal district, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, is a small town located 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Most of the work force living here had worked in local coal mines or steel mills. Interstate 79 and Route 19 pass through town, as well as several railroad lines. There are primarily single family homes, along with some condominiums and townhouses in its two square miles.
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