Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mon Valley Photo Tour, Part I: Fayette City

Fayette City is a tiny village located along the Monongahela River in a region known as the "Mon Valley." This is a generally depressed area of the Pittsburgh metro, south of the city, still suffering from the decline of steel and other industrial employers. Fayette City is one of the older cities along the river, and one of the oldest in Fayette County. It has an interesting collection of early architecture. There are a couple astonishing survivors which may date from the pre-1820 period. Sadly, Fayette City appears to be mostly dilapidated and abandoned, although it's a small enough town that a little development could go a long way.

View of Fayette City
Very old door.
Above:  Surviving architecture from the early 19th century?

Fayette City School - Built in 1869


  1. AnonymousJune 24, 2012

    Fayette City has many great possibilities and a future, only if our local government would stop living in the past, get off their hands and do something with what they have. Just a little vision and drive is all it takes ! ;)

  2. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    Fayette City was a great town to grow up in during the 50's and 60's. It was safe, clean, and was full of wonderful people from many different nationalities and religions. Steel was king and the proud people of Fayette City and the surrounding areas, like Brownstown worked hard and provided a great life for their families. Generations of families lived and died in Fayette City, as evidenced by the headstones in the local cemetary, Mt. Auburn. Our parents knew the teachers at the Fayette City School, because they lived in Fayette City, too. Grandparents lived down the street from their children and grandchildren. How wonderful was that? Fayette City has been the birthplace of many war heros, professional musicians, lawyers, writers and several sports figures, as well as all of the warm and wonderful everyday folks that worked hard to keep the town growing through both good and bad times like WWI, the depression of the 30's, the WWII years, the fabulous fifties, the turbulent 60's and Vietnam, and right up to the downfall of the steel industry. And so much more that could be said about Fayette City and the people who lived there. It is heartbreaking to see the state that this great little village is in. There is a ton of history in Fayette City, and I agree that it should be preserved. There are millions of dollars going out to welfare recipients and illegal aliens...why can't the government help preserve a great historical place like Fayette City. Sadly, once it's gone...

  3. Cute town! Would be beautiful when brought back to life.

  4. Unfortunately, the average person cannot afford to fix and pay for the upkeep of these old homes. I really hope that at least the woodwork, brick, and other parts of the buildings are saved. I wish they could all be maintained.

  5. I wrote the above comment on July 10, 2012, and still feel the same. Just wanted to check back in and see if anything new was happening. I've been away for a long time...and I miss the past in Fayette City, but have such vivid and wonderful memories...It was great. I hope the future for that great little town is bright...so other kids can have the wonderful experiences and fun that I had growing and learning there.

    1. AnonymousMay 23, 2017

      Every now and then I get so home sick for my childhood growing up in this town. So many great childhood memories. Memorial Day, decorating our bikes to ride through the parade up to the cemetery, the Community Day Picnic at Kennywood, the Firemen's Carnival, Crystal Pool and walking up and down that damn hill so many times as a kid. Or trying to get up it when it snowed. Had to go up the Shaft! Oh, I miss running around the streets until the curfew whistle blew, the old School House. We even had a bowling ally! What a great childhood. I'm so proud of where I came from and the generations of hard working folks that came before me. I'm happy to see that other people have the same great memories. It's heart breaking seeing the Valley in the shape that it's in. It makes me so mad at this country for what happened to our steel industry and our life blood. The older I get, the more I know that I'm coming home...just bring on retirement.