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.

Lions, Tigers, and a Gorilla

A few times a year I take a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo to do a little photography. And recently I made another trip with a great group of friends from the Westmoreland Photographers Society. The difference and challenge I faced this year is that I have decided to only produce photos in black and white. So instead of looking for the colorful birds I was paying more attention to highlights and shadows. I’ve decided to work only in black and white to help myself look for the light and composition that will bring impact to the subject and photograph.

I hope you enjoy the Pittsburgh Zoo in black and white.

Looking Into the Sky

From time to time we should all take a moment and look up into the sky and think about the vastness of the universe. Many live in cities and towns and never have the chance to see the sky from a truly dark place where you can see so much with the naked eye. But I highly recommend taking the time to go visit an area where you can look into the sky and see the stars. These photos were taken a few nights ago while on a Milky Way walk with some old friends and a few new ones as well.

Go outside and look up….

Another Cruise Night at the Uniontown Shopping Center

Friday brought to us fairly good weather and another cruise night at the Uniontown Shopping Center. So I’m posting a few more car shots on the blog and then I’ll take a break from the cars for a while. But there is something interesting coming up in the next few days I just have to finish the processing of the photos I took.

Stay tuned for…..

Fort Necessity Encampment

July 3, 1754, It’s hot, muggy, and raining on and off. You’re a British soldier entrenched at a fort made out of necessity located in the middle of a great meadow surrounded by trees and French and Indian soldiers. Little do you know the impending skirmish will be the beginning of a World War which will lead to the removal of the French from the colonies and set the direction for the American Revolution. But today you are only concerned with the sounds of the musket balls flying by your ears. The battle will continue throughout the day until about 8pm when the French requested the surrender of the British. At about midnight Colonel George Washington signed the surrender.

Today I’m sharing some of the photos I took at the encampment over the Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you enjoy them.

For more information check out the National Park Service website for Fort Necessity.

Moving the Earth

Today we can take a look at some of the earth movers of times gone by. Yesterday I posted about the Ford Model A at the car show at the National Pike Steam, Gas, & Horse Association show. Today we’ll take a look at some of the machinery that was there for you to enjoy.

As I mentioned yesterday the show is the largest working show and that means you not only get to see this equipment but you get to watch it being used. And you can get up close and personal with the equipment as well. Little ones spend their time playing in the dirt, then they grow up and go to this show to relive their childhood.

If your interested in this show they have 2 every year and the next one is August 11-13, 2017. They are featuring Gravely and International Harvester among others. More information can be found at their website www.nationalpike.com