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The county seat of Westmoreland County is Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Just after the American Revolution came to an end, on the wagon trail that served Philadelphia to Fort Pitt, which is not Pittsburgh, an inn was built. Soon the small settlement of Newtown grew up around that inn. When the Seneca Indians burned the county seat of Hannastown in 1782, Newtown became the new county seat. That area became Greensburg, which was named in honor of General Nathanael Greene, hero of the Revolutionary War. The borough of Greensburg was incorporated in 1799. Growth after that was slow, until 1850 when the small inns and other businesses were beneficiaries of the new railroad stop and the discovery of soft coal, and there was a boom as the mining industry took off. In the 1990s, the city morphed into a city of cultural attractions, such as museums, the Palace Theater, and the performing arts center for Seton Hill University.

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