Sunday, September 16, 2012

Monessen, PA

Monessen is a city of about 7,700 people. It is located south of Pittsburgh, in a depressed region known as the "Mon Valley."  Monessen is a former steel town (Wheeling - Pittsburgh Steel closed its Monessen operations in 1986).  The city's peak population was 20,257 in 1940.  As for the condition of the town, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. This is the downtown area.



















4 comments:

  1. As I understand you like to take photographs of abandoned buildings I do not appreciate rhe fact that people talk about the Mon valley and run it down to the ground I happen to live in the mon valley and I find that it is a wonderful place to live full of history parks and recreation Its a quiet and peaceful place to live and monessen isnt as bad as your pictures suggest you only took pictures of the bad.

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    1. Don't misunderstand me. I love the Mon Valley, too. I love all of these old towns. I did not specifically focus on the abandoned buildings. I just photographed the downtown area. My intention is to bring awareness to the conditions of these buildings so that they might be preserved and restored.

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    2. Memorable pictures, thanks. I'll be linking to your blog in connection with a piece I'm doing on a writer who came from Monessen. My mother's family comes from central PA.

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  2. ... with family on Wilson Street, we've known Monessen pretty well for 50 years. The same is true of Braddock and Hazelwood, where the ancestors settled. Well-chosen photos of decay and neglect help us to understand the vicissitudes of the immigrant experience and the boom-bust character of our region's development

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