Pennsylvania

Perry County Poorhouse

History: 

The land on which this building stands was originally purchased from Adam Bernheisel in April, 1810. The almshouse that was subsequently built, and all of the records, were destroyed by fire in 1839. It was rebuilt but became insufficient to suit the needs by 1870.

A report in 1870 indicates that, aside from the main almshouse, there was also a "mad house" on the property. It contained 8 cells for the insane.

Shannopin Mine

History: 

Opened in 1926, this mine covered an area of approximately 8,200 acres. The mine closed in 1993 owing over $87,000 in taxes for the property itself, and with the parent company owing over $700,000 overall.

Currently there is a problem with acid drainage from the mine into the nearby river.


Personal Commentary: 

Flight 93 Crash Site

This was the field in which Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. The passengers and crew, having realized the nature of the terrorists' plan, attempted to retake control of the aircraft. During the ensuing struggle, the aircraft crashed. The attempt, even though it ended in failure, succeeded in keeping the terrorists from using the aircraft to kill hundreds more.

Haunted Funeral Home

I'm not sure how this location got the title "haunted" exactly. But then, I'm not sure how it got the title "funeral home" either. According to the fellow mowing the lawn across the street, this property belonged to a doctor. For whatever reason, he had a house built elsewhere and moved his practice along with him.

What I find interesting is the number of personal belongings that were left behind. Records, photographs, etc., that I would have assumed anyone would have taken along with them.

St. Nicholas Coal Breaker

History: 

This coal breaker entered service in 1932 after the town, in which it was constructed, was largely relocated to make room for it. Some of the impressive statistics of this facility include 20 miles of railroad track, 3, 800 tons of steel, and 10,000 cubic yards of concrete combining to make this plant happen. When in operation, it took coal only 12 minutes to pass through the entire process, ready to be shipped.