Who Killed Local History?
The Legion Ville Story
Opposition to Legion Ville
A careful and clear-eyed review of the Legion Ville preservation effort shows that it faced many oppositional and aggravating factors, ranging from attacks upon the site’s national historical significance, a lack of federal agency support for national status, a presidential veto, inadequate funding, and an interesting–but unsubstantiated–notion that some proponents of the Ft. McIntosh Historical Site in nearby Beaver worked against Legion Ville’s national preservation movement.
But ultimately, Legion Ville’s preservation effort collapsed–by any real measure–the movement failed.
- Claims that Legion Ville lacks sufficient national historical significance are found in documents of the Department of Interior, National Park Service.
- Concurring statements have been made by some members of Congress before whom National Historic status was pending.
- A few local journalists have made this claim in opinion pieces and editorials.
- There is documentary evidence suggesting that some local historians or other concerned citizens held this view and voiced their opinions to governmental agencies and in public forums.
- “A Local Dissent on Legionville” (Beaver County Times, Nov. 12, 1978).
- “Birth of US Army a Local Production” by Roy McHugh, in Pittsburgh Press, July 1, 1979 (opposition to Legionville’s historical significance).
- “Should Legionville Become a National Park – Yes or No” – Op-Ed in Beaver County Times, July 19, 1979.
- Legionville Park Historical Status Vetoed by Carter
- Rep. Keith Sebelius (R-Kansas), opposed House Bill in support of Legionville
- Roy McHugh, Pittsburgh-based columnist: Questions historical military significance of Legion Ville relative to Fort Fayette.
- Tom Waseleski, Beaver County Times
- Authors of the “Ghost Cabal”
- Frank Carver