Mystery object... first hint - this view is from the back...
The McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center promotes an understanding of twentieth century life in the Town of McCandless and its surrounding region
Mystery object... first hint - this view is from the back...
What's your favorite place in North Park? Drop us a photo in the comments!
Ready for our February mystery object? See if you can guess what it is.
Proud to live here?
Learning the stories of a region’s past can change the way you think about the present. What influences how you think about our region?
1936 aerial view of McCandless Township, Allegheny County, PA. (courtesy Historic Pittsburgh)
Time for the BIG reveal...its an Edison Standard Phonograph.
This model was most likely patented in the late 1800s and is part of the Joe Bullick Collection at the McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center.
Joe Bullick, a lifelong resident of the Wexford area, was an employee of the North Allegheny School District for 40 years. For more than 20 years, he collected pieces of North Hills history and other memorabilia.
Did you guess right?
Proud of your community?
Locations and objects in your community, sometimes things as mundane as names of streets, can reflect the long heritage of past generations where you live. Few of us know the origins or histories behind our community, but learning the stories of a region’s past can change the way you think about the present.
Want to know more about how we got here?
(Photo: Old Perry Hwy. circa 1920-30, courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh)
Second hint for the Monthly Mystery Object. This time two more photos to help you out...think you know what it is yet?
Calling all history lovers! What's your favorite McCandless memory? Share with us in the comments. 👇
First hint for our Mystery Object...any ideas?
1950's view of Perry Highway at Pine Creek in Town of McCandless, Allegheny County, PA looking south along Perry Highway from McKnight Road overpass. Pine Creek Road enters from right and crosses Perry Highway at the center of the photograph behind the Esso sign.
(Courtesy Historic Pittsburgh)
Hey neighbor! What do you LOVE about living in Northern Allegheny? 🥰 Tell us in the comments.
Introducing... Our Monthly Mystery Object!
Throughout the month we will post photos of just one object at the Heritage Center. Each week new photos will provide more hints.
See if you can put together the clues and tell us what it is! First photo below 👇
Take a hike! Check out these hiking trails in North Park.
Looking for a great trail in North Park, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for s...
So far, we have had a snowy winter - why no go sledding with the next snowfall? Check out #9 and #10 on this list: https://outdoortroop.com/13-perfect-sledding-spots-near-pittsburgh-pa
Brothers and sisters hang up their stocking in anticipation of Santa's visit. Photo credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 23, 1933.
Christmas train at Northway Mall.
How many of you grew up with an icicle-draped Christmas tree?
The Harmony Line, in Ingomar, pictured in the winter. Notice the two oil derricks in the background. Photo courtesy of Northland Historic Images.
Imagine traveling the Wexford flats in a horse-drawn sleigh! Photo courtesy of Northland Historic Images.
One lone skater tests the ice at the completion of the North Park Skating Rink in 1961. For years, the skating rink was the place for teens to go on weekends! Photo courtesy of Northland Historic Images.
North Park was created in 1927 on recommendation of Allegheny County Commissioner Edward V. Babcock. As a wealthy businessman, Babcock had purchased farmland for a family summer home and had come to love the beauty of the area.
You make us thankful!
Maybe you're here because you are curious, you want to learn about the history under your feet, or need a comfortable place to connect with your community.
Whatever the reason, we are grateful you decided to join our local family by liking this page and stepping through our doors!
When was the last time a turkey crossed through your yard?
Hard to believe that their populations could ever dwindle, but wild turkeys were considered a natural crop that could be taken whenever in colonial PA. By the 1800s wild turkeys were only found in small numbers.
Based on the stay-at-home advisory issued by Allegheny County, the Heritage Center will be closed until further notice.
Do you want to help us make history?
We're thinking about what new exhibits to bring you in 2021. What do you want to learn about the history in your own backyard?
Are you an NA grad? The site of North Allegheny Intermediate High School was once a 152-acre farm. In 1945, the McCandless School Board purchased Cole Farm for $30,000 ($2,000 per acre).
Team photo of the West View Semi Pro Football Team in 1929. Photo shows two rows of players in their uniforms, some with leather helmets. Photo courtesy of Northland Historic Images
Would you rather ... Hop on a ride at West View Park? 🎢 OR Commute via the Harmony Line? 🚎 Tell us in the comments below 👇
It's hard to believe that McKnight Road was once a quiet dirt road that wound through farmland. Some people even remember drag racing along it! But in the early 1940s a construction project lead by the Public Works Administration expanded the dirt highway. This monument is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of McKnight Road and Siebert Road.
Did you participate in the Hidden Heritage history hunt? Are you curious to know how many questions you got right? Here are the answers!
Hidden Heritage Official Answer Sheet
2. Yellow or Orange
3. By the lake/across the lake
4. St. Joan of Arc. Answer is acceptable without the St.
Bonus #1 A maze/labyrinth
5. Audobon Society
Bonus #2 PA 1422 D or PA 1422 O. It is hard to tell on the plaque. A few people answered "17" - which was also accepted.
6. Over the doorway/arch or on a medallion
8. Authorized Vehicles Only. A few other signs were mentioned, and were accepted.
Bonus #3 John Fugal and Mary, Wife of John. Acceptable answers also are: “Fugal,” “John and Mary,” and “John and Mary Fugal.”
9. Boy Scout Troop 171.
Bonus #4 “Thank you Janet and Bob Potter for your enduring love of family, friends, and community.” Your Family
10. The most popular answers were: antique stove, the NA Tiger head/cheerleader combo, and the pink poodle.
Congratulations to the Nostro family, winners of the Hidden Heritage prize basket!
Three women making apple butter in Franklin Township (Franklin Park Borough). They are, left to right: Mrs. Anne Berger, Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Florence Dietz. Mrs. Berger is shown stirring a kettle of apple butter with a long handled wooden paddle. All are wearing 1940s/1950s style house dresses with aprons. Photo courtesy of Northland Historic Images.
We have YOU to thank!!
Thanks to you, our Hidden Heritage scavenger hunt sold out. If you participated, tell us what you learned and share your pictures in the comments 👇
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