Unique Streets Walked: 37
Miles Walked: 3.75
Street Names: Ley, Sundeman, Lowrie, Fleck, Niggel, Tours, Roessler, Heckelman, Lautner, Eggers, Lookout, Alroy, Croft, Freinstein, Schick, Roethlein, Straubs, Liedertafel, Veronica, Rialto Place, Rialto Street, Wickline, Cowley, Froman, Eberhardt, Harpster, Tinsbury, Hatteras, Claim, Purse, Lager, Dehaven, Valentine, Gardner, Hoff, Lofink, Elbow
I found myself in Troy Hill today when I couldn’t resist going up Rialto St. If you’ve driven on 28N you’ve probably seen a steep street that crosses the highway and becomes the 31st Street Bridge. That is Rialto. I carefully drove my car up the street making sure to turn my side mirrors in so I wouldn’t hit the passing cars’. Rialto is steep and skinny. I made a right on Ley Street and parked.
Troy Hill sounds like it would have steep streets but it’s actually a plateau on top of a hill. It was settled in the mid-1800s by German immigrants many of whom worked at the mills on the Allegheny River. The German heritage of the neighborhood was made apparent by the street names: Eberhardt, Liedertafel, Roethlien, etc. The edge of the bluff in the area I walked was dominated by the Voegtly Cemetery.
Many of the markers were over 100 years old but there was also a memorial to fallen firefighters.
Many houses in Troy Hill showed sign of their residents’ loyalties and/or predilections.
I was trying to navigate with my phone when I heard avian utterances. I looked to my left and saw a badling of ducks in a pen titled: What the Duck Ranch.
They had no water in which to swim (at least that I could see from my low vantage point) but they seemed happy as can be.
There were quite a few raised garden beds in yards and there were even a few public ones which allowed people to register to garden them.
Every time I turned a street and started walking back towards the city, I was surprised with beautiful views. Many houses had balconies and walls of windows to take advantage of the vistas.
There was even a Catio to allow the resident felines a fine view. The kitty I saw did not like seeing me and quickly retreated back in the house. I got a nice picture of his fleeing butt (not the last one I would take this walk.)
I made my way towards the “business end” of Troy Hill and saw a colorful mural on the side of Scratch.
I then happened upon St. Anthony Chapel and was struck with nostalgia. In high school my class took a field trip of various Catholic sites across the city and this shrine was one of them. St Anthony is a veritable treasure trove of Catholic relics (find out what a relic is by clicking this link). From their website:
Saint Anthony Chapel is home to the largest collection of publicly venerable Christian relics – 5,000 in total – in the world outside of the Vatican.St. Anthony Chapel Website: https://www.saintanthonyschapel.org/primer Accessed on 2/26/19
You can see pictures of a small sampling of their collection on their Instagram page.
I then spied a set of stairs that from what I could tell had intersections. I went down them and was not disappointed. The offshoot that I took led to Purse Way, a “street” that was only for pedestrians. It ended in another set of stairs up to Hatteras Street.
I spied two “Smiley Faces” on various structures and wondered if they had any relation to a new theory about local men disappearing.
At this point I decided to walk back to my car via Lowrie Street. I stopped to check out the old Troy Hill Incline and tried to get a picture of its back where the tracks would have carried the workers to and fro the mills on the Allegheny. The track is long gone.
Pleased with my walk I decided to reward myself with a roast beef sandwich called the Barney at Pear and the Pickle at 1800 Rialto Street. This was half a sandwich! A full sandwich must have at least a half a pound of meat on it. Highly recommended!