Brick 5th Street In Monongahela PA Being Repaired

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!

10 thoughts on “Brick 5th Street In Monongahela PA Being Repaired

  1. Vannevar Bush February 28, 2014 / 7:17 am

    Tough week (temperature wise) to be setting bricks in the elements.


  2. Joetta Bernhard February 28, 2014 / 8:16 am

    So happy to see that this is being done. Too much of historical value has been lost, not only in Mon City, but all over including where I live now in Rome NY.


  3. Betty M. Hough Anderson February 28, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    This is just wonderful, so good to see restoration instead of demolition. Thank you.


  4. DanT February 28, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    @vannevar – yeah, I was surprised they were working today. My house is nearby and they were already at work at 6:30am in 1℉ weather.

    @joetts – yeah I am happy too. I’m going to try to find out who made the decision to use brick in city government and thank them.


  5. DanT February 28, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    @betty – I agree, thanks for your comment!


  6. Diane Post February 28, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Kudos for doing a wonderful job preserving Monongahela’s history. Makes my heart warm.


  7. Steve Seman February 28, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Shout out to Kathy for the pictures. We are grateful not only to the city for preserving our history, but also to citizens like Kathy for documenting and presenting it…


  8. DanT February 28, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    @diane @steve – thanks for your comments. I’ll mention it to Kathy.


  9. Randy March 1, 2014 / 8:02 am

    Glad to see this repair, great pics as well. Neat to see the hand hewn curb stone that abuts the end of the brick street.


  10. ddposi@aol.,com March 2, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    The politicians in Monongahela have not taken good care of the historic town of Monongahela — The last best historical improvement was in 1976 which with the 200 year anniversary — it sad that they did nothing to put Monongahela on the map and get help as many other cities have done, so this is nice to know that the bricks are being replaced properly.


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