Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pitcairn, PA

Pitcairn is a small town located 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, near the eastern suburb of Monroeville, and other classic small towns, such as Wall and Wilmerding. Pitcairn was originally known as "Wallurba" (suburb of Wall), and has intact late 19th and early 20th century residential districts and an adorable downtown business district. Pitcairn was once a booming railroad town, home to the Pitcairn railyards of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The site is now known as the Conrail Pittsburgh Intermodal Facility, and still handles more than 100 trains daily, according to the Pitcairn Historical Society. In 1940, the population of Pitcairn was over 6,000 people, but at the 2010 census was down to 3,689 residents. The Pitcairn Historical Society operates a museum in the town, open Wednesdays from 11am to 12:30pm, at the corner of Center and Agatha Streets (admission is free). Pitcairn contains its own power distribution system -- Pitcairn Power.

A river runs adjacent to the business district.

A picturesque creek runs through the town.

Mural depicting Pitcairn's glory days as a prosperous railroad town.

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