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Ohio-Beaver
Merrick Gallery
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Edward Dempster Merrick was born of a certain time and circumstance. The time was the mid-1800s and the circumstance was a successful family business.

After serving in the Civil War and exploring the still-wild West, Dempster (as future generations affectionately called him) did what was expected. He returned home to New Brighton, and joined his brothers, Charles, Frederick, and Franklin, in running the...
Ohio-Beaver
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The quiet of Old Economy Village is interrupted by the rush of nearby 21st-century traffic. The buildings stand full of everyday objects, as if the occupants might yet return. The clock on the church steeple shows no minute hand. Minutes, after all, seemed insignificant when the promise of Heaven on Earth was so near.

Old Economy exists today much as it did back in 1824. Founded by the Harmony...
Monongahela
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When Duncan and Miller Glass closed its doors for good in 1955, few suspected this end-of-an-era event would mark the beginning of a new appreciation of the company’s products.

Today, authentic Duncan and Miller glassware is a hot commodity. Collectors abound. Conventions are commonplace. Clubs are all the rage. And, thanks to the efforts of the National Duncan Glass Society, Inc., there’s even a...
Monongahela
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When Brownsville residents visit the Flatiron Building Heritage Center, it’s as if they’re coming home. And in a way they are. Most of them grew up either in Brownsville or in one of the nearby coal-patch towns. Looking beyond the boarded-up buildings that so starkly define present-day Brownsville, these residents can see both a vibrant past and a purposeful future for the community. The Flatiron Building is an...
Alle-Kiski
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Jennings Environmental Education Center, a 300-acre state park, is named for Dr. Otto Emery Jennings, a renowned Pennsylvania botanist who was dedicated to preserving the 20-acre relict prairie next to the Center. Prairies are unusual in Pennsylvania; this one formed 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. It is particularly noted for its rare blazing-star flowers, which bloom in late July and early August and...

Alle-Kiski
Mary and Charley Bowyer
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The Kiski Junction Railroad track may be short in distance, but the ride is long on stories — especially when Mary Bowyer is doing the talking, which is pretty often.

Running parallel to the Kiskiminetas River, the railroad hauls freight and people — although not at the same time — from Schenley to Bagdad. Total round trip: just four miles.

Mary and her husband, Charlie (he doesn’t...

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