5th Street in Monongahela has been a beehive of activity this past week. A sewer line was replaced and the original bricks are being reused. Here are a few photos of the project (click image to enlarge):
It’s great to see the city of Monongahela replacing the brick instead of just filling in with concrete or asphalt. This type of repair looks great and will last decades.
5th street is located in an old section of Monongahela (once known as Williamsport) so there are are several references to it in the history books. Here is a quote from Dr. J.P. Morgan’s article “My Trip To Williamsport in 1872″ in the The Historical Magazine Of Monongahela’s Old Home Coming Week. Sept. 6-13, 1908, page 159:
What was to me the last landing, we made at Monongahela then claiming a population of 3000 souls. The limits north and south included the Island with Pigeon Creek as its southern boundary and extended to what is now Fifth Street [formerly Brown Street] though only a few buildings were erected south of Fourth.
Special thanks to Kathy Desantis for permission to use her photographs!
Monongahela, Pa., Sept. 19 – A game of cards resulted in murder Saturday at Hazelkirk, a mining town, but was not reported to the police until Sunday. When George Nazok won $3 from George Kopko, the latter accused the other of cheating. Nazok made an angry reply and left the room. Kopko followed and fired three shots, killing Nazok almost instantly. The murderer escaped. Nazok’s wife and child are on the ocean expecting to meet the murdered man here next week.
~ The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY
from the Gallipolis Journal – August 14, 1862
A Fearful Scene – During the late exhibition of Van Amburg’s menagerie at Monongahela City, Pa. a fearful and exciting scene occurred. It appears that shortly after the audience had assembled, a terrific storm arose, which tore the canvass into rags, and threatened serious injury to the spectators.
While the Storm King roared and revelled, one of the huge tigers got out of his cage which added terror to the scene. The vast assembly swayed from side to side, first to that part of the tent which has been blown off, and then to the main entrance, Some jumped from the top of the seats out through the opening between the top and the circular inclosure; others cut themselves a passage through a canvass, and all rushed with alarm for any place of escape, preferring to brave the storm to taking their chance for life amid the crushing timbers and furious wild beasts. Women shrieked for help, and children cried; strong men looked pale, and taking the confusion of the multitude and the raging of the storm, the scene was fearful and appalling. The keepers of the animals stood by the cages of these wild denizens of the woods and jungles with anxious looks. The man who kept the elephant Hannibal stood in front of the huge brute, with his hands upon his tusks as pale as a corpse. One of the lions had partaken of the excitement, and by his glaring eyeballs, erect posture, and extended and flowing mane, gave an idea of how he looks in his native forest.
The tiger which had escaped from his cage was driven back by Mr. Van Amburg into a cage with this lion, and the king of the woods had put his huge paw upon him, and was holding him tight upon the floor, Nature, grand and terrible, was on exhibition at the show.
After some moments of fearful confusion the storm ceased, and the audience separated, but not until several had been injured from being trampled on and bruised in the general confusion which prevailed.
Just updated the Monongahela Community Calendar. Items of note:
- Added locations where Kennywood tickets may be purchased for the Monongahela Community Day picnic.
- Added/changed information to the Aquatorium Concert series entries.
- Fall Fleatique date changed.
- Added this awesome event – September 7. 2013 – Charleroi to Monongahela River Canoe/Kayak Paddling Trip - The River town program is organizing a canoe and kayak paddling trip on the Mon River from Charleroi to Monongahela with a lunch stop midway on September 7, 2013. This will be the final trip of the 2013 River of the Year Paddling Series. Participants can bring their own equipment or rent from Wilderness Voyageurs. Participants will be provided lunch, shuttle transportation, and educational programming. More details will be posted as they become available at www.pecpa.org. Online registration will open on August 9th and will close a few days before the event, or when it reaches capacity.