Remembering Monroeville: From Frontier to Boomtown

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Before rail and steam encroached on the pastoral communities of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, generations of farmers and miners traversed its green earth and burbling creeks. The dawn of the automobile brought unprecedented development, and the sleepy hamlets soon stirred to become the hub of the suburbs. Zandy Dudiak chronicles this fascinating evolution through tales of hardscrabble frontier living, the coming of the railroad and post–World War II prosperity. Dudiak reintroduces characters such as the tenacious tavern keeper Widow Miers and Harold Brown, who trained a generation of aviators on the airfields of Monroeville. Stories of lost amusement parks, the faded stars of the Holiday House and the glory days of the Ice Palace recall a Monroeville from days gone by.
ISBN: 9781596297050
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 59
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
As a feature writer for Gateway Newspapers since 1997, Zandy Dudiak has long written about the history of Monroeville and the surrounding communities. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2006 her series of articles on the history of Larimer Avenue in Pittsburgh's Little Italy garnered the Golden Quill Award. Zandy has established good relationships with the local historical societies over the years.
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