Unique Streets: 46
Miles Walked: 8.97*
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Library Road, Elwyn Avenue, Kingwood Street, Fernland Street, Homehurst Avenue, Belleville Street, Norva Drive, Hillview Street, Saw Mill Run Boulevard, Provost Road, Arcata Street, Stewart Avenue, Spinneweber Street, Meter Way, Mullooly Street, Horning Avenue, Odette Street, Ivyglen Street, Lodge Street, Esther Street, Sunnyland Avenue, Valley Way, Sanderson Avenue, Esther Way, Carol Circle, Goettel Street, Parkdale Avenue, Fame Way, Drill Way, Bethseda Street, Newburn Avenue, Owendale Avenue, Brownsville Road, Claus Avenue, Windfall Way, Edom Way, Melody Street, Merritt Avenue, Dickman Way, Maytide Street, Saint Norberts Street, Underwood Street, Glenbury Street, Transport Street, Tariff Street, Forum Street, McNeilly Road
*My watch said we walked 8.24 miles but Amy’s said 8.97. I went with her readout because I have AT&T and she has Verizon which seemed to have better service in this area.
Today my friend Amy came walking with me. I warned her that this might be a long one but she seemed unworried. Ask her how she feels now and she might tell a different story. We parked at the Busy Beaver on Library Road because it was free parking and they had a bathroom we could use before walking. Saw Mill Run is under and around this area at all times.
We walked up the hill on the other side of Library Road to hit a small section (so we thought) of streets: Elwyn, Kingwood, Homehurst. The street names made me feel like we were walking in a neighborhood on Game of Thrones. Then we saw this Stark House banner on someone’s front porch:
Serious signs of ingenuity were around:
We made our way up to Belleville street and quickly realized that it turned into a greenway. We talked about Greenways and in my experience, they are areas that are no longer residentially developed that the city is not maintaining as an official park. This one was no exception:
They also seem to share the characteristic of having been plotted out for houses, but for some reason or another, no development ever happened. See this map from 1923:
The same area now:
The greenway was filled with trails and we tried to chose the right ones. We were trying to hit Arcata Street. We were unsuccessful for a very good reason which I will cover in a few minutes.
We saw many deer:
And many strange things stuck into tree branch intersections:
We got to the end of the greenway and back onto residential streets.
Initially, we thought we were on Arcata but a few glances at the map showed us we were back on Kingwood. We took some stairs down to Saw Mill Run Boulevard and took that to Provost Road.
We got to Arcata which was a tiny street with no houses that led to:
That white thing way up at the top was the sign for the Fairhaven Greenway that we walked by when we exited the trails. Even if we would have known that hill led to Arcata, there was no safe way we could have gotten down to this area.
After our walk in Overbrook, we walked over Clairton Boulevard to enter Carrick. We couldn’t help walking through the Shaare Torah/Beth Abraham Cemetery.
Many of the memorials had rocks and other things on top of them. Research shows that it is customary to leave something every time you visit.
This cemetery is not that large but is tightly condensed.
We exited the cemetery and walked some residential streets in Carrick that were definitely inhabited by many COP Police officers.
I found an error in the street names and reported it to Google Maps while on the fly as we were walking. The street sign said Valley Way but the map said Valline Way.
Amy was getting a bit tired but we were still traveling further away from the car. 🙂 I told her we HAD to go down Stewart to hit a street that otherwise would be left an orphan. I was talking about how whenever I have to walk a long way to get one street, I always see something that makes it worthwhile. Then we saw this:
We got way too close to this questionably safe building to look inside. I’m so glad we did.
I obviously didn’t get close enough to touch them but I am 99.9% sure they were fake (wishful thinking?) From what I can gather, this building was decorated for Halloween pretty recently.
We walked all the way back up Stewart to Parkdale and walked some of the streets on the edge of Pittsburgh. We asked a neighbor on Owendale and he said that the houses across the street were actually in Brentwood. He said he loved living on the Carrick side because the taxes were cheaper there but he got the benefits of living in a Brentwood neighborhood.
This rock wall on the Carrick side was almost a block long and marked with the date of 1932.
I searched for about an hour to see what this used to be. On top of the hill on Brownsville is now the Hillcrest Senior Residences. They bought the land from Getgo in 2005 and the owner before that was a Norma Palusa. She and her husband Victor owned Payday’s 51 Super Market near Elizabeth. I was able to reverse search the address and found that another Super Market called Del Farm used to be there before the senior living facility.
Before the Super Market, Robert F. Phillips of the Phillips Mine and Mill Supply Company had a house there. Perhaps Phillips supplies the ‘P’ in the engraving. Perhaps I will never know (so sad when this happens.) Does anyone know what the ‘P T’ stands for? Leave a comment if you do.
After tackling over 5 miles, we were hungry and Oh so far from the car. Trying to find a place to eat so consumed our thoughts that WE MISSED A STREET. More like an alleyway but still. Vida Way behind Burger King, if you’re reading this, I’m coming for you.
Finally, after stopping in way too many smoky bars that don’t serve food until after 4PM, we found Gary’s Restaurant on Brownsville Road.
The interior was dark and cozy and transported me to another time. We both got Pittsburgh salads (I got Cajun Chicken and Amy got the Steak.)
After lunch we started walking in the general direction of the car (1.9 miles away if we didn’t walk any side streets.) We were pretty high up and I thought it was weird I hadn’t seen the UPMC building yet since I see it on every single walk I take. “It’s weird that I haven’t seen the UP-em.”
It popped up before I could finish saying the acronym. I saw it one more time before we started going down.
We walked down a very long street called Claus and then back up Merritt to get to Dickman. As is usual, we found something worth walking all that way.
We walked down an even longer Maytide Street to get to Saw Mill Run. We had a few more streets to hit and despite Amy’s groaning (not sure if it was her or her joints) we walked a few more small hills.
We came to the intersection of McNeilly and Library to see a doll hanging out in a tree.
I crouched down to get a better shot and spied two workers under the bridge who were also crouching down to fit under the short bridge. One of them said the doll was his girlfriend.
We FINALLY got back to the Busy Beaver parking lot to find this set up.
I feel pretty good after our long walk but Amy popped a few Arthritis Tylenol when we got to my house. I hope she can walk tomorrow because we are going out again!