The History of St. Mary's Church - 60th Anniversary
St. Mary's Church, New Castle, PA
New Castle, the County Seat of Lawrence County, Pennsylvannia, is situated on the Shenango River, at its junction with Neshannock Creek, and is on the line of the Erie and Pittsburgh Rail Road, 50 miles north-west of the latter City. The Town was laid out about the year 1800, but owes its importance to the construction of the Beaver Canal, which traverses the Valley and which was opened in 1832. It was first confined to the delta between the two streams, but is now spread far over the gently rising hills on both sides of the Shenango. The present population is estimated at about 37,000. For the size of the place it has very extensive Manufactories of Iron, Glass and Tin, andto these Industries is due its rapid growth. A creature of the Iron Trade, its fortunes change with it, and the same may be said of the Catholic population.