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Addison Toll House
Bear Run Nature Reserve
Braddock's Grave
Christmas Shoppe
Coal & Coke Heritage Ctr
Country Charm
The Cross
CW Klay Winery
Dunlap Creek Bridge
Flat Iron Building
Fort Mason Museum
Fort Necessity
Friendship Hill
Historic Brownsville
Historic Connellsville
Historic Dawson
Historic Perryopolis
Historic Uniontown
Historic Hopwood
Inne at Watson's Choice
Jumonville Glen
Jumonville Methodist Youth Ctr
Kentuck Knob
Laurel Caverns
Linden Hall
Meason House
Mt Saint Macrina
National Road
Nemacolin Castle
Nemacolin Woodlands
New Geneva Stoneware
Ohiopyle State Park
Pennsylvania Room
Point Lookout
Scenery Hill
Searight Toll House
State Theatre
Stone House
Summit Inn
Touchstone Center for Arts
Village of Shoaf
Washington Grist Mill
Washington Tavern
West Overton Museums
Wharton Furnace
Youghiogheny River / Lake
Youghiogheny River Trail
Youghiogheny Station

Coal and Coke Era
Early Local History
Fall Foliage
French & Indian War 250th Anniversary
Gen. George C Marshall
Morgantown WV
Mountain Area
National Road
Opulence of Coal & Coke Era
Geo. Washington Slept Here
Whitewater Adventures


Local Interest Bibliography


Beehive Coke Years (A Pictorial History of Those Times.), by John K. Gates. (Privately Published by the Author, 1979) 184 pages.

This collection of vintage black and white photos depicting the aspects of mining and life in the Bituminous coal region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Masterful in its documentation of the coal and coke era from its beginnings following the Civil War, through the boom of the 1920's, the Great Depression, the Second World War boom, and eventual decline of the 1970's. Supurb quality photos of men, machinery, and animals with detailed captions.

Patches of History. The 1920's and 1930's: Heyday of Fayette County Coal and Coke, by Regis M. Maher, M.D. (Privately Printed 1999), 212 pages.

Dr. Maher had witnessed the changes and had known most of the people in the coal "patch towns" of Lambert, Palmer, and Filbert as both a resident and a mining company doctor. A chapter is dedicated to county medical history and the Uniontown hospital. Many high quality photos - a real labor of love.

Yesteryear in Masontown and Surrounding Communities, by Marci Lynn McGinness, (Backwoods Books, 1994). 121 pages.

Businesses and "slice of life" activities in Masontown, German Township, hub of the Klondike coal region. Informal photos, mainly post World War 2, with many individuals identified.


Wilderness Empire, by Allan W. Eckert, (Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1969), 653 pages.

This work reads like a novel although it is based upon solid scholarship. Beginning in the year 1715 and ending in 1759 the narrative unspools a day-to-day log of events depicting the French, English, and Native American players in the struggle for control of the western frontier. George Washington's early adventures with frontiersman Christopher Gist and his subsequent clashes with the French are richly documented as is Gen. Edward Braddock's disastrous defeat in 1755.

Albert Gallatin, by John Austin Stevens, (Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, 1883 and 1898). 423 pages

Part of a thirty-two volume "American Statesman" series, this well illustrated book balances the issues Gallatin dealt with on the Pennsylvania frontier (the Whiskey Rebellion and Constitutional debates, for example), and his later ascendancy within the Federal government (Congress and as Secretary of the Treasury). Gallatin's career is is remarkable and sadly neglected in American history - this work does much to address the impact of the of the subsequent development of the United States made by the Swiss immigrant who settled at Friendship Hill, near New Geneva, Fayette county in 1789. His leading role in the Louisiana Purchase, negotiation of the Treaty of Ghent and his success as a New York banker following his retirement, are all covered in detail.

Great American Legislators, by Howard W. Caidwell, (J.H. Miller, Publisher Chicago, 1900).

A collection of essays, containing a short, but incisive work on Albert Gallatin.


Lafayette, by W.E. Woodward, (Farrar and Rinehart, Inc., New York and Toronto 1938)

Offers a personalized perspective of the statesman's extraordinary career. As with most
Lafayette biographies, Fayette county goes unmentioned in the story of his heroic return to the
United States in 1824 - 25. Still, a well written and easily read book.

Life of General LaFayette, by Bayard Tuckerman, (Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1889), 2 vols. 541 pages.

Scholarly treatment of the brilliant career of French nobleman turned American patriot and Republican. Though Lafayette is Fayette County's namesake, his memorable visit to the county and reunion with Albert Gallatin is not mentioned - this is well documented, however in James's Hadden's History of Uniontown. Tuckerman's work is most prized for its explanation of Lafayette's political affiliations and affections throughout the American and French Revolutions. Contains beautiful, high quality portrait engravings.

NATIONAL ROAD (U.S. Route 40).

The Old Pike A History of the National Road, with Incidents, Accidents and Anecdotes Thereon, By Thomas B. Searight (Privately Published, 1894) . 384 pages.

The original epic work documenting "America's Appian Way." An outstanding compendium of statistics, events and wonderful stories told by eyewitness (or the actual actors) of the day of stagecoach and drover. Nearly 100 original photographs. Research largely concentrates on the original section of the "Cumberland Road" commissioned by the Federal Government 1811 -1817, stretching from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling (then) Virginia and somewhat neglects the sections built in the 1820's and 30's through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The work is rarely found today and has been reprinted in an abridged and updated form as:

Thomas B. Searight's The Old Pike, An illustrated narrative of the National Road, by Joseph E. Morse and R. Duff Green, (The Green Tree Press, Orange Virginia, 1971). 189 pages.

Many new photos (some 250 illustrations) included updates and some excellent historical ephemerae. Retains much of the original flavor though abridged.

U.S. 40 TODAY- Thirty Years of Landscape Change in America, by Thomas R. and Geraldine R. Vale, (The University of Wisconsin Press, 1983), 198 pages.

An academic, though sometimes rakish constructed narrative look at landscapes photographed first in the early 1950's by Professor George Stewart and updated by the Vales in the early 1980's. Ranging from Atlantic City to San Francisco, they offer a study in geographic and cultural diversity unparalleled in any other study of the highway.


A History of Uniontown, The County Seat of Fayette County Pennsylvania, by James Hadden, (Privately Published, 1913).

Superb comprehensive study of the city from its prehistory to settlement by Virginia Quakers, Jacob and Henry Beeson, through the National Road era, and finally, to an unparalleled period of prosperity of the coal and coke boom. The handbook of city history.

In Other Years (Uniontown and Southern Fayette County), by John K. Gates, (Privately Printed, 1979) 184 pages.

This collection of black and white photos could be credited for re inspiring interest in the county's past. While some of the finer historical points may be debated, the work is highly accurate and has become an indispensable aid in reconstructing the past.

Stories of Uniontown and Fayette County, by Walter "Buzz" Storey. (Published and copyright by the author, 1993). 235 pages.

A collection of essays describing events, landmarks, and numerous items of topical interest. The author, a highly regarded newspaperman, tackles many of the subjects and episodes with the authority of firsthand knowledge. The most recent major history of the city and county.

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