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St. Michael’s Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Downtown, South Side Slopes by Dr. Boli on December 17, 2013

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Downtown skyscrapers viewed from St. Michael’s Cemetery on the South Side Slopes. This picture is only as metaphorical as you want it to be.

View of Oakland from St. Michael’s Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, Oakland, South Side Slopes by Dr. Boli on December 17, 2013

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St. Michael’s cemetery occupies a large patch of precipitous ground on the South Side Slopes. The views from here are breathtaking and sometimes a little terrifying. Here we see Oakland in the distance across the Monongahela, with a few rows of typical Slopes frame houses in the middle distance.

Autumn in the Union Dale Cemetery

Posted in Cemeteries, North Side by Dr. Boli on November 9, 2013

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Cemeteries in Pittsburgh have the advantage of Pittsburgh topography to make them picturesque. Add fall colors, and the picturesqueness is irresistible. The Union Dale Cemetery is the premier address for deceased residents of the old City of Allegheny.

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Country Graveyard in the Fall

Posted in Cemeteries, Cranberry by Dr. Boli on November 2, 2013

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Fall colors surround a little country graveyard west of Cranberry.

Old St. Luke’s, Woodville

Posted in Cemeteries, Churches, Woodville by Dr. Boli on October 27, 2013

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Old St. Luke’s Church in the little village of Woodville (an unincorporated part of Scott Township) was founded in 1765. It was stuck in the middle of the Whiskey Rebellion, which divided the congregation, one of whose members was General John Neville, a tax collector who barely escaped with his life. (Woodville Plantation, the house to which he escaped, is still standing nearby.)

The current building dates from 1852. In the burying ground surrounding the little stone church are some very old graves, including some Revolutionary War veterans and “the first white child born in the Chartiers Valley.” The oldest stones were native shale, which is a very poor material for gravestones; but some of the obliterated inscriptions have been duplicated in plaques beside the stones.

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