Life In A Coal Patch

I was doing research for an unrelated post when I stumbled on this quote about a small patch town named Salemville in Westmoreland County: Salemville was a company-owned village which was enclosed by a fence, one of a few in Westmoreland County.  The fence was a symbol of the company's authority and hold on each... Continue Reading →


There is a very old section of Monongahela formerly known as Catsburg. Here is a map showing what this area looked like in 1902. I first became interested in Catsburg while reading the "Historical magazine of Monongahela's old homecoming week. Sept. 6-13, 1908". This publication isn't really a magazine like we think of today rather... Continue Reading →

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