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North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Pittsburgh February 12th 2022

The Duquesne Incline (pronounced "doo-KANE") We went back in time on a century-old cable car to see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh. Opened in 1877, the incline was intended to carry cargo up and down Mt. Washington, it later carried passengers, particularly Mt. Washington residents who were tired of walking up the steep footpaths to the top. The Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 retaining the original, elegant, wooden cable cars. We experienced watching the machinery in operation as the cable car descended. From the observatory deck we had spectacular panoramic views of Pittsburgh and it’s three rivers and a statue of Seneca leader Guyasuta reunited with George Washington. read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Lancaster August 11th 2021

Lancaster Pennsylvania Our surprise tour today with Aaron & Patrick took us to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Rich in heritage, history, and culture, In 1777, the city was briefly the capital of the American colonies and also served as Pennsylvania's capital from 1799 to 1812. John Wright, a prominent citizen, gave it the name “Lancaster” after Lancaster, England where he formerly lived. The city is known as the “Red Rose City” due to its link to Lancaster, England. We saw so many interesting buildings, one in particular Fulton Hall is named after Lancaster County's steam engine pioneer, Robert Fulton. The building was built on the foundation of Lancaster's pre-Revolutionary jail. In 1763, a vigilante gang known as the Paxton Boys massacred the Conestogo Indians being held there for their protection. The exterior wall of the... read more

Our departure began about 4:30 pm from Oswego NY. As soon as my friend Theresa was finished with work, she came to get me, then Beth. After stacking our luggage and bags into the car in Jenga-like fashion, we took off. Our goal was to drive about half way, since two of us were up early for work that morning. When I was planning for this trip, I found a casino in Wilkes-Barre PA and thought that'd be a good place to stay. We'd have something to do and many options for dining without having to drive around. We reached Wilkes-Barre in about three and a half hours and entered the enourmous Mohegan Sun Pocono casino parking lot. There is a racetrack, casino, hotel and convention center all on the propterty,so finding out exactly where to ... read more
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Wonder Women
Gambling away free money

This is the second blog of a two blog series about searching for our colonial ancestors during a visit to New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. I recommend that you start by reading the first blog at . Before recounting our visits to ancestral sites a little background is necessary. I thought that I would try to follow the various branches of our family tree from the beginnings at the ports founded on the Delaware River, as they would merge with other branches in the westward migration across Pennsylvania. I selected my Ross ancestors as the main family to which other would intermarry. I did so because the Ross family of my great grandmother, Anna Elizabeth Ross, can be traced directly, without going through spouses, to the progenitor, Sir Farquhar MacTaggart (Mac an t-Sagairt Ó Beólláin), ... read more
Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle, DE
Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle, DE
Interior of Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle, DE

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia January 23rd 2021

9/1 January A visit with Aaron & Patrick to Philadelphia - It’s place in history was secured by its role as the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia's architectural history dates back to colonial times. Later many Georgian brick styles were introduced. We viewed the Liberty Bell from the outside, City Hall, Philadelphia Bank Building & Carpenter’s Hall, the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. The area we visited around Chestnut Hill had retained the historic atmosphere with cobbled streets and gas lamps. Benjamin Franklin was the man who organized America’s first public postal service. The first post office is still open for business. Lots of dates and info to take in, thank goodness we have the postcards ... read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania July 16th 2020

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Pennsylvania boasts its own Grand Canyon along Pine Creek. You can get the best view from Colton Point State Park. The morning ride north from Cedar Run is the last long forest run. I was up early. The wood was quiet and cool. I got completely lost on this section last year. This time I was right on target, and nailed the park first time. Being alone at the view point made it that much better. The viewpoint for the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon on Pine Creek is also a memorial for the Community Conservation Corps. Workers from the Corps helped build the roads and sites for Colton Point park. The posters memorialize the many other contributions to tourist and environmental infrastructure built by the Corps during the Depression. Made me wonder if we will have to ... read more
Memorial to the CCC
Colton Point State Park
Visitor Viewing Station at Colton Point SP

The woods are so pristine. No naked swathes of harvested trees, the gravel roads so good, no traffic, no people. What is the secret to these mid Pennsylvania forests ? I wondered as I wandered North. What goes on to make these roads so much better than those in Virginia, or West Virginia? I came across the secret soon enough -- the pipelines. For the first time the clusters of pipes and valves began to show, neat and painted green, alongside the side of the road. Of course, the Marcellus Shale. How could I forget ! Rockefeller got his start selling oil from Pennsylvania oilfields. Now gas is king in the Allegheny region (PA and WV), which accounts for almost 40% of US gas production. Yes, prisons are also a second, silent, revenue source for these ... read more
Deep in rural Pennsylvania
Prison, south of Jersey Short
Gas from the Marcellus Shale

What did the founding fathers drink when they signed the Declaration of Independence? Drunk by the founding fathers during the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Madeira was also what Francis Scott Key sipped as he composed “The Star-Spangled Banner.” George Washington (who reportedly drank a pint every night with dinner), Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin all adored it, as did John Adams (who wrote to his wife, Abigail, about the copious amounts they consumed during the Continental Congress). By the end of the eighteenth century, nearly a fourth of all the Madeira produced was being exported to the American colonies. The unbridled American passion for Madeira was certainly a testament to its compelling flavor. But Madeira’s popularity was equally based on something far more mundane: taxes. As of 1665, British governing authorities in the colonies ... read more
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The road out of Mount Holly Springs runs through open farmland. The route zigs and zags as it climbs over the ridges, gradually carrying me NE towards New York. One crosses Blue Mountain ridge, then Tuscarora Ridge, before descending into a valley from another era. The Amish and Mennonite farms provide an island of order, peace and old world tranquility. Horse drawn carts and farm implements are used as naturally as if we were still living in 1850. Farmers and their families dressed in nineteenth century garb wave as one drives by. Flowers line the roads and fields. There is so much pride in the land and what it produces, it fills one with hope. State forests cover the ridges. The Amish country lead up to Tuscarora State Forest. Rothrock was next, named after the "Father ... read more
BDR rider on KLR 650
The deli at McVeytown PA.
Plaque Honoring Dr Joseph Rothrock 1839 - 1932

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