I’ve never been a history bluff, but something about old buildings intrigues me. So, when we found ourselves in Brownsville, Pennsylvania over the weekend, it didn’t matter it was only 20 couple degrees out, we got out and walked.
Brownsville is one of those pass through areas directly in between Washington and Uniontown, Pennsylvania that people don’t realize they are passing through. In fact, most don’t pass through, they just pass-by via the interstate, never realizing the beautiful town they are missing.
Sure, the beautiful buildings that once lined the town are now abandoned, but the history still remains. The buildings are beginning to crumble and, honestly, I’m not sure many even know the extent to which the city is falling.
At one time, there were once over 8,000 residents, but since every thing closed down, there’s now only 2,500. Looking at the houses, I can only assume it’s due to the poverty that those still there are*. Looking inside the abandoned buildings, I wonder if those people went to work at one of the factories, only to show up to a closed down building one day.
Downtown, right along the Monongahela River, lies rows of abandoned buildings like, a National Bank, Union Station, and numerous shops.
The windows of the buildings are boarded up, mostly broken and slowly crumbling to their demise.
Although, a few mom and pop shops still reside in a few of the buildings, most of the buildings have been left to look like an infamous ghost town.
These photos do not depict all of the abandoned buildings in Brownsville, but only give a small glimpse of the town.
If you’ve never been to Brownsville, I suggest putting the little town on your bucket list, even if it’s just to visit the Nemocolin Castle.