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Old 08-31-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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I was at Mingo Creek State Park today, and I believed the area I was in was being referred to as the Mon Valley. I'm curious as to what people consider the mon valley. I always thought of it as Braddock/Rankin/Clairton/Duquesne area. What towns do you consider to be in the mon valley?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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Pretty much the towns along the river from Homestead south to the WV line. The good dividing line between the "South Hills" and the "Mon Valley" would be Rt. 88 with the South Hills to the west of 88 and the Mon Valley to the East
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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I think of the entire area of the Mon down to Point Marion as the "Mon Valley" as it was mostly all part of the historic industrial and mining region. Charleroi, Donora, Coal Center, California- all Mon Valley cities.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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Pretty much the towns along the river from Homestead south to the WV line. The good dividing line between the "South Hills" and the "Mon Valley" would be Rt. 88 with the South Hills to the west of 88 and the Mon Valley to the East
88 doesn't really work. Castle Shannon, Bethel Park, and South Park are either bisected, or lie east of 88, and would ever be considered the Mon Valley. Rt 51 down to Clairton is a much better border. Basically, if it doesn't border the Mon, it's not the Mon Valley. Also, the group of towns that lie south of Glassport (Donora, Monessen etc.) are considered the "Mid Mon Valley".
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:05 AM
 
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I've heard Turtle Creek referred to as being in the Mon Valley. Is that accurate?
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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I've heard Turtle Creek referred to as being in the Mon Valley. Is that accurate?
I've have also heard of it referred to as being in the Mon Valley.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Pretty much the towns along the river from Homestead south to the WV line. The good dividing line between the "South Hills" and the "Mon Valley" would be Rt. 88 with the South Hills to the west of 88 and the Mon Valley to the East
That's good definition and the one I go by... Yet, in addition I always considered towns such as: North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, Chalfant, East McKeesport, Wilmerding, Wall, and Large as apart of the Mon Valley.

Btw- I'm glad this thread came about because beforehand I thought places that are past their better days like: Uniontown, Connellesville, and Pitcairn were on located on the Mon.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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That's good definition and the one I go by... Yet, in addition I always considered towns such as: North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, Chalfant, East McKeesport, Wilmerding, Wall, and Large as apart of the Mon Valley.

Btw- I'm glad this thread came about because beforehand I thought places that are past their better days like: Uniontown, Connellesville, and Pitcairn were on located on the Mon.
I believe they're located on the Yough.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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I believe they're located on the Yough.
Uniontown is between the yough and the mon. It isn't really what I would call a thriving area but it is in much better shape than the true mon valley towns such as Brownsville or McKeesport.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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Also, the group of towns that lie south of Glassport (Donora, Monessen etc.) are considered the "Mid Mon Valley".
While this is accurate, I have to say that when I was growing up in Monongahela, Carroll Township and Donora, we never heard the "mid" modifier used with any frequency. Maybe once in a while to distinguish it from Clairton and the closer in towns to the north, but it was almost always just "Mon Valley."

I've heard Brownsville and Elizabeth mentioned as the borders of the "mid" Mon Valley and I would agree with those.

Mingo Creek Park was the most common picnic destination.
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