You’ve probably zoomed past the historical marker at the crest of Route 30 across from Wimmerton lots of time, but have you ever wondered what St. Xavier’s Academy was and what happened to it? When I was younger I passed the sign and the historical marker tons of times, but one time I asked my mom what was back there. She said that there had been a school back there but it burned down years ago. I didn’t give much more thought to it until several years ago when I really started getting into local history (not to mention we… Read More
Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I bought a new (to me) house two years ago. I purchased the home knowing that there were some things with the plumbing that needed upgrading, but since they weren’t emergencies I put off getting to them. That is, of course, until some of my pipes started leaking. It wasn’t a major leak, but definitely something to be concerned about, especially since it was obvious that the pipe had a clamp on it, so it must have leaked before. Before a small problem became much bigger, I decided… Read More
I love seeing what has changed in Greensburg and what has stayed the same. Even more so, I love looking at old postcards and photography and looking for clues about what buildings still exist, what has changed, and what are just a memory. Recently, I ran across a postcard that I hadn’t seen before. It’s a view of Pennsylvania Avenue looking north. The ones that I had already had only showed a view looking south. This is what that street view looks like today. My first giveaway to match up the location was the building by the upper right-hand corner… Read More
A little over a year ago, white signs with red “X”s began popping up around the City of Greensburg. Some people weren’t sure what they meant, others wondered if these structures were destined for the wrecking ball.
After some discussion took place on a Facebook thread I posted a couple of weeks ago it seems that people are confused. I decided to delve into the issue some more.
Drive-in theaters used to be commonplace. People would pack the family in the car, pull into a spot, and clip the portable speaker on the window. Over the years, changes came to drive-ins such as listening to the audio over the radio and most recently digital movies, however, I think it is the fact that drive-ins haven’t changed much is what is the allure.
Whether it is because the large swaths of land are more lucrative to be sold for redevelopment, or whether it is too expensive to upgrade to the new technology, or maybe people just aren’t going out to movies as much, slowly drive-ins have been disappearing.
Growing up, I always remember my dad being particular when he washed the car. There was a certain way it should be done — and we couldn’t forget to do the tires and rims!
Well, all these years later and I admit that I am not particularly great at keeping my car washed regularly, and I’m definitely not good at keeping my rims and tires clean. Thankfully products such as Mean Green Auto & Garage are around for folks such as myself. It makes it easy to clean even the dirtiest and greasiest tires. In fact, it makes it pretty darn easy.
Storyland was opened in the 1950s as a roadside attraction. It featured many concrete figured from beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes. It was one of many of roadside attractions that popped up along Route 3o to attract tourist traffic.
Unfortunately, the 80s were not a good time for Route 30 and the Lincoln Highway. By then, the turnpike became the preferred method of travel, bypassing many of the former attractions. This lead to a decline in traffic and forced many of the attractions to close. By the mid 1980s, Storyland closed for good. That’s not the end of the story, though.
For over 100 years a school had stood at the site of the former West Pittsburgh Street Elementary School. The first school was a four-room brick building which was built in 1880. In fact, when Ludwick, East Greensburg, and Southeast Greensburg were merged into the borough in 1905 Ludwick was the only one with an adequate school. The year is 1923 and Greensburg’s need for additional classroom space was increasing in the Ludwick section of town and additional property was purchased at the Luckwick school site and construction started on a new elementary school. The school was completed four years… Read More