Monday, April 11, 2011

Natrona: The Pennsalt Historic District (Photo Tour)

Photo Tour: Pennsalt Historic District, Natrona, Harrison Township, Pittsburgh

A photo tour of the Pennsalt Historic District, located in Natrona, Pennsylvania.

The brooding grey sky complements the crumbling, soot-covered village of Natrona. The Pennsalt Historic District is what remains of the original Pennsalt company town. The oldest houses were built in 1850. Natrona, located about twenty miles northeast of Pittsburgh, is one of the most sorely neglected historic districts in the region, and maybe the country.


  1. I couldn't agree more. There is so much neglected history. In my 34 years of living in the area, I can say that has been alot that has been lost.

  2. I grew up in Natrona in the 70's as a child, it was a good life, we had the wooded hills and the Allegheny river to roam and swim.
    Now I'm sure it's so different

  3. I lived in Natrona in the late 1950s and it was a wonderful place for families. Post-war prosperity filled the community with pride and lots of growing families. Houses were well-maintained and our community was safe. (A drive thru the town today paints a very different picture. It is sad to see the change. Why they even tore down the City Hall! Go figure!)