Uniontown A Stop on the National Road

Uniontown, Pa founded on July 4, 1776 by Henry Beeson. In the early part of the 19th century the National Road was routed through Uniontown which allowed the town to grow as the road did.

Over the years Uniontown has played a role in numerous historic events, from being a stop on the underground railroad for slaves fleeing north for their freedom to the violent coal miners strike in 1894 which resulted in five dead and eight wounded.

During the early part of the 20th century, Uniontown was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States.

From 1916 to 1922 Uniontown was also home to the Uniontown Speedway which was a wooden track over a mile long.

Uniontown was also the birthplace of the Big Mac which I’m sure you all have eaten at least once.

The photos below are from a few places in the city including the Fayette County Courthouse, Elks Lodge, the County Building, and a few other places.

(Information for this post was found on The City of Uniontown page)

The Hotel Belvedere

The Hotel Belvedere was built in 1905, by an immigrant from Switzerland, Joseph Gianini. When the hotel was built it was across the railroad tracks from a railroad station.

The hotel originally had a candy store and ice cream parlor on the first floor with the upper floors as the guest rooms. Eventually the first floor turned into a bar and the rooms apartments. In 1979 Lanna Planitzer purchased the hotel with the hopes of restoring it to it’s former self. That having proved to be too much of a financial burden for her. She did however live in the hotel until it was condemned in 2017.

I had the chance to visit the hotel last year not long before the place caught fire and burned to the ground.  I truly wish that we could have seen this place when it was in it’s heyday. I can only imagine how nice the hotel would have been.

Information for this post was found in a post from the Apollo Area Historical Society, for more photos and information please visit their site at: www.apollopahistory.com

A train passes Hotel Belevedere in Apollo, Pa
Hotel Belvedere now lays in dispair.

Hotel Belvedere closed for Business.

A Machine Shop Lost in Time

In 1900 William A. Young built a machine shop along the Monongahela River in a little Pennsylvania town named Rices Landing. Eight years later the machine shop was expanded to add a foundry and in 1928 electricity was added to the shop. From the beginning the shop has been primarily run by a single engine using an elaborate system of pulleys and belts, which is still in use today. The foundry and machine shop continued to service the local town and steamboats on the river until its closure in 1965. Today the foundry is listed on the National Historic Landmark and is open to the public on Sundays for tours. For more information take a look at their website below.

W.A. Young and Sons Foundry

Below are some photos from my most recent trip to the foundry.

Big Havana

Coffee Tin

Cup of Joe

Rolled Oats

Glass Oil

Square Wrench

Handles

Nuts and Bolts

Drilling

Drill Bits

Threads

Bolts

 

What do you think?

Tonight I met with a group of photographers for a little discussion and get together.  We talked about software, selling your photos, lighting, and how to copyright your photography.  This group is a sub group of the photography club hat I belong to.  Our goal is to have more time devoted to areas of interest that the members are interested in.  This was the first of the meeting and I think that we had a good start.

The question that I have is how do you copyright your images?  Do you register them with the government or just place a copyright on the photo as a watermark?

 

I’m Back

Well first off let me apologize for not posting for a while.  Life sometime gets in the way of all the fun things we do.  I recently got  a promotion at work and have been playing catchup for the past couple of weeks.  But I think I have things under control now so I should be able to get back to some of the things that I enjoy.

I seriously will make a honest attempt to post everyday for the remainder of the year.