WEBSITE HOSTING AVAILABLE for COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES: In January 2008, the Greene County Commissioners began offering Municipal Website Hosting, to encourage our townships and boroughs to compile information about their own municipality that would benefit the residents of that municipality.
We're proud to announce that Perry Township has been the first to take advantage of our county website hosting service.
For additional information, please contact borough office at 724-592-6055.
MORE ABOUT RICES LANDING BOROUGH:Rices Landing Borough was incorporated in May 15, 1903. Located in Congressional District 12, 46th Senatorial District and 50th Legislative District of Pennsylvania.
Rice's Landing occupies a narrow and level river terrace, precipitous hillslope, and level ridgetop adjacent to the Monongahela River in northeastern Greene County. Pumpkin Run, a deeply embedded tributary of the river, bisects the Rice's Landing Historic District which is composed of 63 buildings, five structures and four archaeological sites. This integrated community is dominated by vernacular buildings of one to two stories dating from the Mid-Victorian to Craftsman period. Through the small scale vernacular buildings, the preserved riverfront, and the geological setting, this district has retained its integrity as a river port from the mid-to-late 19th century and the railroad/coal era of the early 20th century.
The descent from a steep hilltop down the winding corridor of Main Street to the narrow river terrace below, offers an inspiring view of the meandering river and verdant hillsides on the opposite shore. The community's orientation to the river remains in the preservation of the river front and Pumpkin Run as community parks. The original mid-19th century linear town plan is situated at the river terrace on both sides of Pumpkin Run.
Until the town was incorporated in 1903, two separate communities known as Rice's Landing to the northwest and Newport to the southeast were divided by the Cumberland and Jefferson Township line. The borough integrated the two linear town plans into one community. A commercial section of the town developed in response to construction of the Monongahela River lock in Rice's Landing while the Newport section contained early industrial sites including a planing mill, machine shop, and pottery.
A ferry landing at the northwestern end of Rice's Landing and a boat launching site at the juncture of Pumpkin Run provided additional access to river transportation. Three main roads — Jefferson Street (Millsboro Road), L.R 30077, and Carmichaels Street located on the west, central, and east sides of town connected Rice's Landing with the uplands and Route 88, the main road to Waynesburg. The Pennsylvania Railroad line occupied the edge of the level terrace at the base of the steep uplands.
Children living in the Rices Landing Borough attend schools within the Jefferson-Morgan School District (Jefferson-Morgan Elementary and High School). Rices Landing Borough Voting Precinct: is located in the Scout House - Community Building, 100 Water Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357. For more information, go to: Polling Precincts or contact the Greene County Elections Office at 724-852-5304. Rices Landing Borough GPS Coordinance: Rices Landing is a populated place within Greene County, located at latitude longitude coordinates of 39°56'47"N, 79°59'36"W (39.946282, -79.993295) GR1. Elevation 974 feet (297 Meters).
Rices Landing Borough Quad Topo / Arial Map: :Topographic USGS Map of Rices Landing area (from TopoZone). Comprehensive Plan: Almost two years after beginning the process, eight municipalities
in southeastern Greene County held a final public meeting Monday, October 27, 2008 on a draft of their multi-municipal comprehensive plan. Also see the Greene County Comprehensive Plan prepared by the Department of Economic Development. Jefferson Morgan Regional Council of Governments (JMRCOG): was created in 2004 and includes Jefferson Township, Morgan Township, Clarksville Borough, Jefferson Borough and Rices Landing Borough. The council was created to allow the municipalities to purchase equipment and materials at a lower cost as well as pull their resources in times of need.
Click here for the Jefferson Borough JMRCOG information (JMRCOG address: P.O. Box 3 Mather, PA 15346 / Phone: 724-883-2150 / Fax: 724-883-3044 and/or Email: email@example.com).
Effective August 12, 2008, the Jefferson Morgan Regional Council of Governments enacted a new Multi-Municipal zoning ordinance. The ordinance covers Jefferson Township, Jefferson Borough, Morgan Township, and Clarksville Borough. Rices Landing Borough has it's own ordinance.
Click here for the JM Multi-Municipal Zoning Ordiance document.
The JMRCOG meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m., at the Morgan Township Municipal Office Building located at 1019 Third Street Extension, Mather, PA 15346. Deed Transfers: A deed is the document that transfers ownership of real estate. It contains the names of the old and new owners and a legal description of the property, and is signed by the person transferring the property. Property Deeds for Greene County are recorded in our Office of Register and Recorder, located in the Greene County Courthouse, Room 100, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Phone: 724-852-5283). For more information, go to: Recorder of Deeds.
Click here for deed transfers recorded within Rices Landing Borough of Greene County, Pennsylvania.
SCHEDULED RICES LANDING EVENTS:
Annual Hammer-In at the W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop held the 3rd weekend in April at the Foundry in Rices Landing. Blacksmiths come together for a day of demonstrations, an auction, and tours of the foundry. FMI call 724-774-6757.
Annual Dock-to-Lock 5K Run/Walk held in May at the dock in Rices Landing (registration at the Rices Landing Fire Hall), benefits the Greene County Summer Day Camp Program. FMI contact the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
American Wind Symphony concert on the Lock Wall July 26, 2012 (Rain date July 27th)
Annual Pickin' by the Pond held in June at Peaceful Springs, Rices Landing, PA. An all-day event featuring local traditional bands such as The Wells Family, Hargus Creek Bluegrass, Inner Light, Glorybound, and Knights of the Cross. Children's entertainment will include Giggles the Clow and Faron the illusionist. Admission for this annual event is FREE and festivities will begin at noon and last until 9 p.m.
FMI, or if your organization would like to take part in this event, please contact Mary Lynn at 724-592-6588 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Heroes 5K Run held in September at the Greene River Trail in Rices Landing; contact Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
Annual Bluegrass Harvestfest held in September at Peaceful Springs, Rices Landing, PA. For ticket information, FMI, contact Mary Lynn at 724-592-6588 or email@example.com.
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NOTABLE MENTIONED WITHIN RICES LANDING BOROUGH:
The River Town Program: Rices Landing is one of five communities along the Monongahela River included in this economic revitization program, a two-year initiative focusing on the development of riverfront recreational assets in California, Fredericktown-Millsboro (Washington County), Rice’s Landing, Greensboro (Greene County) and Point Marion (Fayette County). The Pennsylvania Environment Council launched this asset-based community development initiative to assist distressed communities bordering a navigable river to develop an alternative economic engine—outdoor recreation to help revitalize these small communities. To learn more about this program, to to: www.pecpa.org/river-town-program
Parks and Recreation Facilities:
Greene River Trail Head/Parking Lot accessing 5.2 miles of paved bike/walking trail along the Monongahela River. Click here for a brochure on our public trails.
Min Love Park (.5 acres) has a gazebo, picnic tables, benches, swingset, wooden jungle gym in shape of a boat, barbecue grills, docks;
Pumpkin Run Park located in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 am to dusk. From deep cliffs to an old mill race, our 67-acre park features a pavilion/picnic area with fire pit, provides access to the Monongahela River, with a boat ramp and pavilion/picnic area, a water fall, and boy scout cabin used for retreats. This park has acres of recreational hiking and biking and is right next to the Greene River Trail. The pavilions can be rented for a fee, for more information call the recreational authority at 724-592-5403 or 724-592-6055.
Kolat Park (5 acres) near the Foundry, with fishing area, parking, historic jailhouse, community building, and restrooms
Rices Landing Gazebo located on the Mon River and in the center of town. Used for outdoor events, Riverfest, etc.
The Historical Sites:
Rices Landing Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Portions of the text below were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. Buildings from the river port era include the Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1873, an 1850s brick jail, and several vernacular wood houses from the Mid-to Late-Victorian period.
The general store, an Art Deco bank, and an early Hudson-Rambler garage express the community's importance as a local commercial center for the distribution of goods and services relating with river transportation. Industrial resources are represented by the Y.A. Young Machine Shop, the Excelsior Pottery, and company houses once owned by the H.C. Frick Coke Company during the bituminous coal era. Monongahela River Lock #6, two brick lock keeper's houses from the 1930s, and concrete structures from the railroad period symbolize the significance of transportation to the development of Rice's Landing. Structures include the remains of Lock #6, a concrete bridge from 1914, a 1913 railroad bridge, and a 1913 railroad tunnel.
W. A. Young Machine Shop and Foundry: located on Water Street in Rices Landing, the Foundry was built in 1900 by William A. Young. The Foundry is a prime example of America’s industrial heritage and is operated by the Historical Society. Open for tours, the Foundry is full of antique equipment and live demonstrations are performed.
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Lock 6 Museum: located at 137 Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357
Significance: The Rice's Landing Historic District is significant in the areas of transportation, industry, and architecture as a preserved, mid-19th to early-20th century Upper Monongahela River port and early industrial town.
The town's evolution as a riverport began in the 1860s with the construction of a foundry, blacksmith shop, boat yard and steam sawmill. Although these resources are no longer extant, the Rice's Landing Historic District contains significant extant buildings from the later 19th century.
Situated along the river front are the Excelsior Pottery (1870-1885), the W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop (1900-1965), and the Dilworth Mining Complex (1880-1930). Transportation on the Monongahela River improved in the 20th century when the locks were reconstructed and a new railroad system was introduced through the town. While the integrity of other Upper Monongahela river towns declined due to industrial development, floods, and neglect, this well-preserved, cohesive community dominated by vernacular wood buildings from the Mid-Victorian to Craftsman period provides a sense of historic feeling for the river port era of the mid-to-late 19th century and the railroad/coal era of the early 20th century. The archaeological remains of the Dilworth Mine site also can provide information about the size, layout and processes of this bituminous mining operation.
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Organizations & landmarks:
Lock Wall (remaining from Rices Landing Old Lock 6)
Hewitt Presbyterian Church, 1206 Crucible Rd., Rices Landing, PA 15357 (Phone: 724-592-6111), W. Bradford Davis, Pastor
Sacred Heart Catholic Church & Social Hall, Rices Landing c/o 408 Rt. 88, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (Phone: 724-592-5314), John M. Bauer, Pastor
Rices Landing United Methodist Church, Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357 (Phone: 724-592-7404), Ernie DeLuca, Pastor
PENNSYLVANIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
Local government in Pennsylvania is a mosaic of 5,334 individual units. All were established by the State or provincial government and operate under laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each unit is distinct and independent of other local units, although they may overlap geographically and may act together to serve the public.
As of 2001, there were 67 counties, 56 cities, 964 boroughs, 1 incorporated town, 1,548 townships (91 first class, 1,457 second class), 501 school districts and 2,198 authorities (active and inactive). The number of local units has remained fairly stable for the past few decades with two major exceptions. Rices Landing is a borough in Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 443 at the 2000 census.
After passage of school district legislation in 1963 and 1965, the number of school districts diminished radically. Authorities, born as local units during the depression years of the 1930s, have proliferated at a phenomenal pace since then. Greene County is divided into five (5) area School Districts.
USEPA FIPS Code for Pennsylvania = 42, Greene County = 059 (42059). Federal Information Processing Standards Codes for states, counties, and named populated places; are a standardized set of numeric or alphabetic codes issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to ensure uniform identification of geographic entities through all federal government agencies. The entities covered include: states and statistically equivalent entities, counties and statistically equivalent entities, named populated and related location entities (such as, places and county subdivisions), and American Indian and Alaska Native areas.
Watersheds: Ohio Basin, Monongahela Subbasin (Source: www.dep.state.pa.us). A watershed is an area of land that drains into a lake or river. As rainwater and melting snow run downhill, they carry sediment and other materials into our streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater (Source www.ctic.purdue.edu)
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