The town of Saxonburg was founded in 1832 by John A. Roebling, originally of Mulhausen, Germany. Roebling’s vision was to create a German community in America whose foundation would be agriculture and light manufacturing. To this end, he laid out his purchase of land with a broad main street running east to west with the parcels fronting on Main Street.
In 1842, Roebling, an engineer by education, developed and patented the process for the manufacture of “wire rope” cable in his Saxonburg shop. This development led to his fame and fortune as a designer and builder of suspension bridges throughout the world, most notably the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. His work can also be seen on the Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh.
For more information about Historic Saxonburg and its events, visit the Saxonburg Area Business Association