was founded October 1, 1835.
The township's name was derived from its origin as part of the
Depreciation Lands settlement. It was part of the 3,000 acres north
of the Allegheny and Ohio
rivers that Pennsylvania
set aside or "reserved" for settlement by Revolutionary War
In December, 1834, citizens of the part of Ross
Township known as the
"reserved lands" petitioned the court to be allowed to form a
separate township. Thomas Temple, James Anderson and William
Lecky were appointed commsioners to draw up the plan.
Since 1835, the original borders of Reserve
Township have changed.
Because the city encroached on its boundaries from the south, the
township made changes in its northern line to compensate.
Presently, Reserve Township
covers about 2 square miles on the eastern border of North Side. It
is also bordered by Ross and Shaler
Townships and Millvale
Historically, this hilly wooded area has been known for its truck
farms. Through the years, much land was given to twelve cemeteries
that occupy many of the steep hillsides, and residential areas have
developed along the relatively level ridges.
With quick access to both downtown Pittsburgh,
the North Hills shopping areas and I-279, Reserve
Township has a unique
location and a strong sense of community. This combination urban,
rural, suburban community has very few businesses and a wide variety of
housing styles. Reserve is part of the Shaler Area school district
and is a very nice place to raise a family. Long time residents
proudly say it is one of Allegheny
County's best kept