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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Laying the Track

Work crew from Johnstown Passenger Railway laying track in a section of Johnstown.

High Above

Gautier on the right hand side - looking towards the Conemaugh Gap.

HB Bread

Harris-Boyer Bakery - Fairfield Avenue

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looking Down the Street

Franklin Street looking down towards the old Kernville Bridge. Street cleaner is on the left hand side - spraying water - note the calling cards left on the road from all the horses. Central Park is on the right hand.


Looking down at the intersection of Main and Franklin.

Ebensburg - 1894

Ebensburg - Main Street - 1894

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Opera House - 1894

The old Johnstown Opera House - 1894. The entrance to the opera house (later Glossers was built on the site) was on the Locust Street side, although there was also a smaller entrance on Franklin Street. Besides small stores along the Franklin Street side - at one time the Post Office was also located in the building for a time. 

Trolley Time

Closing Out Sale

Rothstein Jewelry and Economy Market - Main Street - Downtown Johnstown

Monday, August 14, 2017

JHS 1922-23

The Johnstown High basketball team shown above was the one that kicked off a long string of great sports teams during the 1920's. 
Left to right - front row: L. Davis, Perry Katzenstein, John Johnson, Joseph O'Connor, Walt "Eggie" Shaffer, N. Kline.
Second Row: Albert Siehl, Vincent Kinney, Benny Kline, Robert Burkhard, Peter Dailey, Paul Beeler (coach).



Trolley Time

Main Street

Friday, August 11, 2017

Island Park - 1906

Island Park was located near Benscreek in the area near the present St. Andrew's Church. It featured quite a large picnic ground. The area was served by street car from the city. The Windber-Johnstown line also went near the place. Besides being an overnight stay for people coming to Johnstown via the Somerset Pike or the Davidsville Road, the hotel was well known for its famous Sunday dinners. During the winter season people would drive by sleigh from the city to the hotel for an evening meal. In the summer, a large swimming pool made the park a popular spot for young and old alike hoping to escape the heat. 

Trolley Time

Central Avenue

A Day in the Life of.....

The old cobblestone streets - Franklin and Main on a very sunny afternoon in 1894 looking towards the old Kernville Bridge. The sign on the small building (now where Ameriserv Bank is) on the right reads: Stevenson Jewelry and Johnstown Freie Press (German newspaper) on the second floor. The stone building next to it used to be a bank. There were two churches along Franklin Street between Main and Vine at that time. The city showed remarkable recovery when you consider this photo was taken only five years after the 1889 Flood. 
The big wagon at the right center is a street cleaning - sprinkler wagon. The building on the far left was where Revco was (later Riteaid before it moved). Dr. Porch had his dentist office in the building on one of the top floors. 
Also, a nice look at a passing Johnstown Passenger Railway car making its way thru town. Not pulled by horses by traveling along its new electric lines with power produced at one of their own plants that was put in after the flood to replace horse-drawn trolleys.
One thing I noticed is the curbing along the outside of Central Park. I think that it's the same curbing that is there now - though I am not 100% sure about that. But still - it looks the same to me. 
And you can't forget about the dog...makes you wonder if it belonged to the photographer or was just roaming around the streets of Johnstown looking for trouble or a quick meal.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Walnut Street

Walnut Street - Downtown Johnstown


VJ Repeat - Washington Street

Assorted Adverts

Ramp & Horan, Nimrod McElcarr, Mrs. Elizabeth Patton, South Fork Courier, Roth's, The Hotel Vendrome, W.M. Fraser, Industrial Vindicator - Gallitzin.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Central Park - 1894

The above view of Central Park was taken in 1894 and shows the buildings then located along Park Place with the GAR Hall at the far right. The large house on the left hand side (with porches on the first and second floor) was later torn down to make room for the Pythian Temple or as it is now known, the Park Building. The house was the residence of Dr. Webster Lowman who was a captain in the Civil War. His father, John Lowman was also a doctor. Webster's son. John, was also a well known doctor who practiced in Johnstown until the late 1920's. Dr, Webster Lowman's office was the small building to the right of the house.
The building on the extreme left was the Jordan Building (with the first YMCA located on the second floor). It was located at the corner of Main and Park Place. The spot was later occupied by the W.T. Grant Store. The large house next to the GAR Hall was the residence of John Fulton, the General Manager of Cambria Iron.

Pretty as a Picture

Franklin Street

War Time

War Time - Johnstown City Hall during World War II.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Suppes Ice

Suppes Ice House - downtown Johnstown.

Tree City

The one thing that sticks out of this shot of Downtown Johnstown - all the trees.

Trolley Time

Main Street
Tried to see what movie is playing. All I can make out is Lawrence (Olivier) and Toney Curtis which would make it 'Spartacus' and also make it 1960.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clinton Street

Clinton Street with the of Main looking toward Washington Street.
The building on the left was the old Wertz Drug Store - one of the few buildings to survive the flood - only to have a date with the wrecking in the 1970's.
On the right - the home of Henderson's furniture store and funeral parlor. Later the Title Trust bank was built there and the Fisher Building next to it on Main Street. Along the side of Clinton - the building next to Henderson's was occupied by the Geis store. Where a small building (just beyond the awning) was located, the Gately-Fitzgerald furniture store was built.
And further down the street - St. John's Church was under construction about the time this photo was taken. 

Trolley Time

Intersection of Main and Franklin

Brownstown Hill

A nice rare look at Brownstown Hill - 1889 Flood. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cambria City

VJ Repeat showing the section of Cambria City that was where McConaughy Street used to be.

Up on the Rooftop

Downtown Johnstown looking towards Joe Johns. Franklin Street Bridge is on the left hand side.

Used Car Sale

Leitenberger's Machine Company on Horner Street has a couple of nice Reo Speed Wagons for sale.