Sunday, November 25, 2012

Smokin' in the Boys Room...The Brownsville (Union) Station




As regular followers of the blog are well aware, we have the mother lode of abandoned/historically significant turf right in our backyard...but it won't be there long.  From what we understand, the buildings that make up the downtown Brownsville area are slated to be demolished in the near future. We've been hitting B'ville a lot latley because we love whats there to see and the clocks ticking. A few months back we decided to go renegade after the powers that be, essentially pulled the plug on the Fredericktown Ferry Boat Festival. Next stop...good old Brownsville,Pa.

We know that there a group of citizens in the Brownsville trying to preserve the history of the town, which we applaud and support. We wish them luck.  The grim reality is most of the beloved buildings are essentially falling down and very dangerous.   We understand that plans to raze the buildings are essentially underway, with several already gone. Being the explorers and defenders of local history we are,  we acted on a tip from a fellow explorer that the Union Station building was accessible.  When we arrived the door was not only unlocked but wide open. 

 The Station has been on our target list for awhile. It was certailally a hub of activity in the Brownsville area back in the day and has earned a visit to capture it for memories. Several of our Facebook friends have already posted memories of the building on a 'teaser' pic I posted from another upcoming Brownsville post.  The Union Station was the railroad station with the tracks to the rear .  It also housed many offices on the upper floors and several attached storefronts.We're unsure if the Union Station is on the demo list..(we hope not) but we thought we better check it out while we could! Danielle was working this day and since it was a 'quickie' hit,  our photos may not be the quality you are used to from D,   but from what we understand, the building is now locked and posted by the government. We're glad we visited her when we did.  Enjoy the pics and please post any more information or memories you have on the Brownsville Union Station.  We hope maybe this one gets to survive!






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Found documents in the freight station















6 comments:

  1. Love, love, love it! Absolutely been dying to see the inside of Union Station.

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  2. I applied for a job with the Monongahela railroad there around 84 or 85. I failed the physical and did not get the job of asst. signal supervisor. I was recalled to the P&LE which was taken over by CSX and I retired in 2010.

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  3. Very interesting pictures! Sad to think of them being demolished. Wish they could be seen as the treasure they are.

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  4. Wish some millonaire would restore it! Thats some history we can never get back! I could look at these pictures all day

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  5. sadly some millionaire did buy but let it languish waiting for casinos to come

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