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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cannonsburgh no more

From: Jim Herron
Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 4:47 PM
Subject: Cannonsburg no more

Found this in an 1893 paper this afternoon. Not important, but sorta interesting.
A town can specify how it wants its name spelled, but the name of the post office is decided in Washington, D.C., and mail is addressed to the post office. For many years, towns ending in "burg" had an "h" appended. Canonsburg didn't bother except for a few years. Then the Post Office Dept. decided the "burghs" should be "burg," and Canonsburg went back to the present spelling. However, there was a period when the official spelling was "Cannonsburg." This item gives the date of the return to Canonsburg.