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Life in Washington Co., PA "Little Washington" 
1700s to Present


Town-Talk about Towns in Washington County PA

"High Point" Overlooking the Monongahela River
Newell, PA ahead ; California PA to right

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Photo #3 High Point Overlook on Rt.88 over Monongahela 
River near Charleroi PA, Newell PA, and California PA.

Photo #3 High Point Overlook on Rt.88 over Monongahela River 
near Charleroi PA, Newell PA, and California PA.

From: Marilyn Prinzing <>
Date: Sat, May 22, 2010 at 4:32 AM
Subject: Re: [PAWASHIN] Need info about The Mon River
To: "J.A. Florian" <>,


You are bringing back memories. I grew up in Belle Vernon up on the hill which is in Westmoreland Co.; however, I do remember, as a child, how much fun it was to cross the Mon River on a ferry boat from lower Belle Vernon (Fayette Co.) to get to the other side so we could go to Charleroi. This may sound very silly but I remember how disappointed I was when the Belle Vernon bridge was built because the ferry rides stopped. I still remember where the ferry docks were on both sides of the river.

Also, I believe that the Mon River has the distinction of being one of the few rivers that flows north. I have letters written to my great-grandmother, Clara Jane (Worrell) Roley, from Clutter and Wilson cousins who said that they were going to take the packet boat to Belle Vernon to visit and would she be there at the docks to meet them. The packet boats were a mode of transportation.

I remember listening to the fog horns of the boats at night while in bed which I enjoyed hearing. Some of my Jenkins ancestors were ship owners and builders. My dad used to say that their boats traveled up and down the Mon and Ohio Rivers. Someone sent me a history of the boat the Robert Lee Jenkins which sank. My grandfather was Robert Lee Jenkins but I don't know which name came first the boat or my grandfather who was born in 1879. Boat building was done in Elizabeth, PA.

I also remember when the Mon River would overflow its banks and lower Belle Vernon was flooded so that the people had to get around in row boats. There was a really bad flood when I was in high school.

You mentioned the locks. When he was a young man, my dad worked at Lock 4 which is near Charleroi.

Marilyn, Lake Co., IL


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The Monongahela River was the life of small towns up and down its banks, in cities, towns and boroughs along the Monongahela River, including:

Allenport, Pennsylvania 
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania 
Braddock, Pennsylvania 
Brownsville, Pennsylvania 
California, Pennsylvania 
Charleroi, Pennsylvania 
Clairton, Pennsylvania 
Coal Center, Pennsylvania 
Donora, Pennsylvania 
Dravosburg, Pennsylvania 
Dunlevy, Pennsylvania 
Duquesne, Pennsylvania 
Elco, Pennsylvania 
Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 
Fairmont, West Virginia 
Fayette City, Pennsylvania 
Fredericktown-Millsboro, Pennsylvania 
Glassport, Pennsylvania 
Granville, West Virginia 
Greensboro, Pennsylvania 
Hiller, Pennsylvania 
Homestead, Pennsylvania 
McKeesport, Pennsylvania 
Monessen, Pennsylvania 
Monongahela, Pennsylvania 
Morgantown, West Virginia 
Munhall, Pennsylvania 
Nemacolin, Pennsylvania 
New Eagle, Pennsylvania 
Newell, Pennsylvania 
North Braddock, Pennsylvania 
North Charleroi, Pennsylvania 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Point Marion, Pennsylvania 
Port Vue, Pennsylvania 
Rankin, Pennsylvania 
Rivesville, West Virginia 
Roscoe, Pennsylvania 
Speers, Pennsylvania 
Star City, West Virginia 
Stockdale, Pennsylvania 
West Brownsville, Pennsylvania 
West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 
Westover, West Virginia 
Whitaker, Pennsylvania 
(See The Wikipedia Encyclopedia .)  


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Judith Ann Florian
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