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The Lost Children of the Alleghenies: A Tragic Mystery

It’s a tragic story that’s steeped in mystery and whispers of foul play. The incident happened 165 years ago, but the echos of the Lost Children of the Alleghenies still linger.   On April 24, 1856 George and Jacob Cox went missing. The children, ages 7 and 5, were the sons of Samuel and Susannah …

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Martha Frick and Henry Clay Frick: Dumb Luck or Divine Intervention?

Everyone loves a good villain story, and here in the Steel City we have several characters that make for good villains. However, despite their hard exteriors some of them did have softer sides, such as with Henry Clay Frick. Frick never got over the loss of his daughter, Martha Frick, and even credited her for …

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Broad Ford Overholt Distillery and the Ghost of Jacob Overholt

    It seems that almost every building over 100 years old has a ghost story to go with it — particularly the abandoned ones. The Broad Ford Overholt Distillery near Connellsville is no different. In fact, its overgrown property and the ruins of the buildings makes it look like an extremely likely candidate for …

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The Strange Tale of Liberace, Pittsburgh, and St. Francis Hospital

It’s a bizarre story that has ties to both Monroeville as well as Lawrenceville’s former St. Francis Hospital. The story starts on November 23, 1963 when legendary pianist and entertainer Liberace was planning on performing a show at the now-gone Holiday House supper club in Monroeville.  The morning of November 23, Liberace felt that he …

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Shrine of the Blessed Mother or Our Lady of the Parkway in Pittsburgh

If you’ve ever traveled Pittsburgh’s Parkway East I can almost guarantee you’ve seen it at one point or another. Perched on the hillside just above the Bates Street Exit in Oakland is a curious sight. If you are like me, you’ve probably wondered what it was. Or maybe, if you have a keen eye you …

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