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Old 02-24-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Glad you guys liked the photos! I could see myself living in a town like Kittanning -- it has the urban architecture I like, without the big city problems.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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I'm not sure there is an old county seat in Central and Western PA that I haven't liked (not to take anything away from Kittanning in particular--it is certainly another very nice example). I actually spent a year living in Hollidaysburg (Blair County), and this brought back fond memories.
Been to New Castle?
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:54 PM
 
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Been to New Castle?
No, but I saw some photos of the downtown area and it looked pretty cool.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Great photos, as always. What's the story on the house with the RR tracks just feet away? I know some houses are close to train tracks but that seems ridiculou.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: BP
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Thanks for posting these. When I was growing up I spent A LOT of time in Kittanning and Manorville visiting family. I still marvel at those grand homes wondering what people of importance built them, why were they living there? PPG bigwigs?

Kittanning is a quaint town. As was mentioned earlier they built a park along the Allegheny in the 90's (I think) which adds charm. And there is a war memorial wall at the courthouse with names of fallen soldiers from the town that is relatively recent.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Thanks for posting these. When I was growing up I spent A LOT of time in Kittanning and Manorville visiting family. I still marvel at those grand homes wondering what people of importance built them, why were they living there? PPG bigwigs?
I don't know. From what I remember, the only big industries were in Ford City. As a child, I remember how easy it was to find clumps of slag glass around there. They were like rocks but made of dark colored glass. PPG's and Eljer's decline and closure have been catastrophic. That area might be relying on senior citizens with their social security checks along with medicare funding its healthcare services.

I can't think of a big employer in Kittanning. Worthington is or had the world's largest mushroom farm but they don't seem to be very competitive. Their pay is poor and they still had layoffs. They can't seem to take advantage of economy of scale and I suspect there is a market for the more "exotic" mushrooms like shltake and portobello. Western Pa could be the mushroom capital of the world. (I actually had to change the spelling on that first mushroom type )

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Kittanning is a quaint town. As was mentioned earlier they built a park along the Allegheny in the 90's (I think) which adds charm. And there is a war memorial wall at the courthouse with names of fallen soldiers from the town that is relatively recent.
That park has been there since the 1960s at least. Probably pre-dates that too. It originally had a lot more trees. What everyone talks about is the remaking of the park. Kittanning had greenspace before greenspace was cool.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I don't know. From what I remember, the only big industries were in Ford City. As a child, I remember how easy it was to find clumps of slag glass around there. They were like rocks but made of dark colored glass. PPG's and Eljer's decline and closure have been catastrophic. That area might be relying on senior citizens with their social security checks along with medicare funding its healthcare services.

I can't think of a big employer in Kittanning. Worthington is or had the world's largest mushroom farm but they don't seem to be very competitive. Their pay is poor and they still had layoffs. They can't seem to take advantage of economy of scale and I suspect there is a market for the more "exotic" mushrooms like shltake and portobello. Western Pa could be the mushroom capital of the world. (I actually had to change the spelling on that first mushroom type )

That park has been there since the 1960s at least. Probably pre-dates that too. It originally had a lot more trees. What everyone talks about is the remaking of the park. Kittanning had greenspace before greenspace was cool.

I grew up in Kittanning (my parents still live there). It has indeed seemed to decline more and more from when I was growing up. Right now, I'd say the bigger employers are the hospital (ACMH) , the court house / jail (Kittanning is the Armstrong County seat), and sadly Walmart. Other than that, if you drive through the main streets it seems like a ghost town as a lot of the small local guys have closed up shop. Everyone loves walmart there, but I think that was a big reason for the decline of downtown. At one point, way before I was born, Kittanning was actually a happening place.

And yes, the park was re-done in the 1990's. They actually have a folk festival type thing every year where you could walk through and check out people making local crafts / food/ fund raising / other random booths. It's been about 10 years since I've been to one though, so it might not be that great anymore (if they still even do it?)
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