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!