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Message Number: 256 - Awaiting approval

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Message Number: 255 - Friday, August 2, 2019 13:07:50 EST
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Name:  Nicole Oeler
Hometown?:  Clairton, PA
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Hi!

I work for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. I am currently designing some informational signage for South Park pertaining to the history of the fair and the Skybus. Your site has been very informational during my research.

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Message Number: 254 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 15:40:37 EST
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Name:  Alexander J. Federowicz
Hometown?:  Penn Hills (Born-21yrs./1986), Providence, RI. (1986-2004) Tarpon Springs, FL (2004-Present)
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I'll Always Remember White Swan Park, because of the fascinating Railroad, that included a rather extensive tressle bridge ! A real work of Enthusiast dedication ! I never got to actually spend the day there, but rather we always saw the park from Rt-60... Esp. before the present day expressway was built... Every time we drove by the extensive Minurature Railroad captivated me... Later a auto dealer ship was built over it, and any signs of that Beautiful Park were lost to time... Including its name... I must have searched and Querried for over a full decade trying to locate its name, and here you folks have reserected it's complete history... Pennsylvannia has an incredibly vast number of these smaller Amusment parks, that were often wholly unique, and I am pretty sure all were Ma & Pa Originals too !!!

I can not thank you folks enough for Posting this Memory, and would honestly love to here more about its history or experiences from anyone who will share theirs with us !

Thank You 1 and All Here is our # 1(352)512-3397 Eastern Time... Alex...

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Message Number: 253 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 03:23:55 EST
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Name:  james hawk
Hometown?:  pakistan
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Nice and interesting post, I appreciate your hard work, keep uploading more, Thank you for sharing valuable information.

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Message Number: 252 - Friday, June 14, 2019 14:50:27 EST
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Name:  a.t. schmalzried
Hometown?:  ny
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...best times in brookline were not in brookline itself but rather in west view park for the annual community school picnic i attended from 1954-1969;.... only greatest memories of picnicing/riding/socializing w family/friends on that special day in june ...and, ....oh yes, ........ those legendary coasters - a great tradition !!

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Message Number: 251 - Saturday, April 27, 2019 09:36:41 EST
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Name:  ROBERT FIERST
Hometown?:  Evans City
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Recently viewed your article on Pittsburgh's Old Inclines and it is the most complete I have yet seen. I am the Chairman of the Board of The Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline, the non-profit who operates and maintains the Incline. This would be an excellent article for possible display at the Incline.

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Message Number: 250 - Monday, April 8, 2019 21:01:04 EST
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Name:  Peter Chronis
Hometown?:  Denver
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I looked at the street scenes section and saw that it now inlcudes a color photo of the house at the corner of Bellaire and Pioneer avenues. My late parents,George and Cecelia Chronis, bought that house in 1949, and we moved there in February of 1949. We lived there until July 1960 when we moved to Albuquerque, NM. The house originally had a porch that wrapped around to the Pioneer Avenue side. It still had interior gaslight fixtures in addition to electrical lighting. My parents had the gaslights disconnected and the fixtures removed. At some point, the house had been divided into three units, including one on the third floor, but my parents had the second floor kitchen removed after a couple years. The third floor unit, however, was left intact and the tenants, Joseph "Pat" and Pearl Barron, stayed there until the house was put up for sale. The Barrons had lived there for years before my family bought the house.

My brother,Nick, and I and our friends used to play baseball and football in the back yard,which was fairly large.

There used to be a two-car attached concrete block garage with a concrete deck on the back of the house, with a door opening out from the oriignal first-floor kitchen.

The basement was huge, and big enough to accommodate a large Lionel train layout.

Thanks for adding the photo.

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Message Number: 249 - Thursday, February 14, 2019 14:08:38 EST
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Name:  Jim Weslager
Hometown?:  Beechview
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Thanks for the many memories of growing up in the Beechview and Brookline neighborhoods. While primarily attending grade school at Beechwood Elementary, many of us walked to Brookline Elementary school, on Pioneer Ave for wood shop and drafting classes. While the Pgh Public Schools provided car fare for the trolley, most of us walked between the two schools. Even if you took the street car from Beechview, you had to get off the trolley on Potomac Ave and walk the length of Pioneer Ave to Brookline school.

Following grade school, we were off to South Hills High School (SHHS), again on the trolley. Instead of disembarking at the south hills junction, some of us would get off the street car on Carson St and take the incline up to Mt. Washington and walk a few blocks to SHHS. Fun memories!

Many may find it unusual and certainly not acceptable by today's standards, but the boys attending swim class at SHHS swam in their "birthday suits". Not sure when the Pgh Public School Board changed that policy, but it was still in force during the early 70's.

Now living in sunny Florida and having a fun look back in time.


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Message Number: 248 - Monday, February 4, 2019 14:33:19 EST
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Name:  vince rutledge
Hometown?:  pittsburgh
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Hello, Thanks for such a great site! Is there a way to get any of the pictures that I see on your F.B. page as I would love to have a few of them framed. Thank You, Vince,

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Message Number: 247 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 15:51:16 EST
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Name:  Pamela M. Sosa
Hometown?:  Pittsburgh
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Born and raised in Pgh. Home in Brookline on Norabell Ave. Really liked seeing Brookline pictures again, thanks for doing this site. Resurrection was good to see again. I went to St. Francis Academy for high school. Moved from Pgh, PA to Raleigh, NC in 1982.

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