Banksville is located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, bordered by the city neighborhoods of Beechview and Ridgemont and by the municipalities of Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon, and Dormont.
The land was settled by Isaac Sellers in 1773, who sold it to the Carnahan family in 1789. The neighborhood was named after Eliza Banks Carnahan. The Carnahans laid out the neighborhood after the Civil War, and the Scots-Irish settlers developed the town as a farming and coal mining community. The coal mines were exhausted and the mining industry was gone by 1914.
Banksville was part of Union Township, and was annexed by the city of Pittsburgh in 1928.
Banksville Road, which comprises one of the borders of Banksville, is currently undergoing the Blitz on Banksville Beautification Project. This project seeks to increase the natural beauty and improve the pedestrian experience along Banksville Road, through the use of gardens, neighborhood clean-ups, and even a butterfly and bird habitat at the intersection of Banksville and Old Banksville Roads.