Resources

You may find the following links helpful when researching the Monongahela area. (scroll down to the “F.A.Q”. section for tips on how to use several features of the Lost Monongahela website) resources2

Lost Monongahela on Google Maps

Here is a map showing satellite images of different locations I have researched. I’ve added those Google “push pin” things so if you click on them, the map will zoom and you will see a written description of the subject. This feature is interactive and VERY cool. Tip – sometimes it’s easier to view a Google satellite image by removing the streets names etc. To do that just hover over “satellite” button (upper right) and unclick “show labels”

Monongahela City, Pennsylvania, 1902. Drawn by T. M. Fowler.

This is an incredibly detailed drawing of Monongahela as it appeared around 1902. This link takes you to the map image hosted by the Library of Congress.After saving the image to your computer, zoom in to see details such as riverboats, carriages and view many buildings which still exist today. It is sort of an early 1900’s version of the satellite images you find on Google Maps. Physical copies of Fowler’s drawing are frequently available on Ebay.

Washington County, Pennsylvania, Melish-Whitside Map, 1816

“Based upon actual county surveys, the Melish-Whiteside maps were the first official set of county maps produced for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Township lines, municipality names, and roads and distances are examples of the details present on each survey. In addition, structures such as post offices, factories, mills, mines, furnaces, forges, houses, churches, academies, and taverns are noted, as are the names of property owners for certain taverns, dwellings, furnaces, and mills. … These are some of the earliest Pennsylvania county maps in existence, and in addition to their utility, have been very accurately and attractively rendered.”

Map of Monongahela City, Washington County 1876 Reading Publisher Co.

A very helpful map. The image on this site is not as clear as the 1902 map listed above. I would like to find an original map so I could upload a better copy with higher resolution.

Pennsylvania State Archives

Here you will find information such as land records, aerial photographs, maps, birth and death indices. If you are in a hurry, start with the “Research Online” section.

Historical magazine of Monongahela’s old home coming week. Sept. 6-13, 1908

Though this is called a magazine it is actually book length. This is an invaluable resource that is also fun to read since it was originally written with the enjoyment of the general public in mind. It was originally sold to people participating in the Old Home Coming Week celebration and really “takes you back” to 1908. This document is fully searchable and is provided free online by the University of Pittsburgh. Note: you have to scroll through 28 pages of advertisements before you get to the introduction. I found the 100 year old ads to be just as interesting as the content of the book.

Google Advanced News Archive Search

This is an invaluable tool for local history research. You can search the archives of many newspapers all the way back to the early 1800’s. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is one paper which has graciously made it’s archives available for free and you can browse them using this tool. Click here to read a great article in the Post-Gazette about how to search the archive.(Tip – just enter the word “Pittsburgh” in the “return results that come from” box. That way you will pull up results from the Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh Gazette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette etc. (It makes me wonder what ever happened to the Daily Republican archives)

Coal Miners Memorial – Catsburg Mine

A Memorial to Coal Miners who mined the bituminous coal of the Catsburg Mine in Monongahela PA. Lists names, dates, injuries and descriptions of deaths of miners in the Catsburg mine. Some descriptions are shocking and quite sad. You may recognize a few of the last names today if you are from the Monongahela area. Other local mines are also listed in this datebase.

Coal Camp USA

I like Coal Camp USA because it focuses not only on the coal mines but also the houses and buildings built by the coal companies for their workers. You will find discussions of many local towns in addition to Monongahela. It’s a fascinating site created by Chris DellaMea. Here is a story about Chris and his website by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

PittBuff.com

This website is about the family of James Jones – a prominent Monongahela area businessman who owned several local mines: Catsburg, Ivill, Gallatin, Rostraver, and Marianna to name a few. It is a fascinating site with many pictures, biographical information and helpful links.

Monongahela Area Historical Society

Here you will find a little information regarding hours of operation, location and upcoming events of the Monongahela Area Historical Society. There is also information about the Whisky Rebellion and information about several historic local houses.

The City Of Monongahela History Page

This page is part of the official City of Monongahela website. There is good information here but it is spread out over several sub-pages, so be sure to scroll down and follow the links at the bottom. It baffles me why they don’t just combine all the information into one history page.

Monongahela Cemetery Map

This link will display a map of the Monongahela Cemetery. Older sections on the map are listed A-G. Newer sections are numbered 1-27.

History Of Carroll Township

A history of Carroll Township from The History Of Washington County, Earle L. Forrest, 1926

F.A.Q.

This is where I post tips on how to use the various features of the Lost Monongahela blog. Many websites call this a F.A.Q. or a Frequently Asked Questions section.

Q: Some photographs in your articles are too small, how can I see a larger version? 

A: Many photographs you see have been downsized to better fit in the text column. Try clicking on a photo to view a larger version.

Q: What is this list of random words of various sizes under the “Tags” heading?

A: That is a “Tag Cloud” or a group of “Tags”. When you click on one it will take you to all posts tagged with that subject. For example, when you click the tag “PIGEON CREEK” you will see all posts relating to Pigeon Creek. Some tags are displayed in small type, some with larger type. Tags displayed in small type mean that there are just a few articles relating to that topic, tags displayed in large type have many articles relating to that topic. Give it a try, just scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on a tag.

Q: What is the difference between “Categories” and “Tags?

A: “Categories” are general, “Tags” are more specific.

Q: Why do I have to give my name and email address when leaving a comment.

A: I ask for email addresses to help keep spam out of the comments section. If I see that somebody posted spam then I will block that email address from having access to the comment section. I do not share your email address with anybody.

Q: When leaving a comment you ask for my name. Do I have to enter my full name?

A: No. You can even leave a fictitious name but I sugguest using your real name. I’m sure others who know you would be excited to see that you also visit Lost Monongahela.