Unique Streets: 21
Miles Walked: 4.32
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Spring Garden Avenue, Arcola Way, Seidle Street, Itin Street, Diana Place, Ives Way, Iona Street, Homer Street, Damas Street, Steine Street, Rhine Street, Hunnell Street, Erk Way, Frontier Street, Leister Street, Yetta Avenue, Lappe Lane, Haslage Avenue, Kenzig Avenue, Goehring Street, Basin Street, Voskamp Street, Tanner Street, Tell Street, Firth Street, Savina Street, High Street, Old Honesty Street, Welser Way, Roethlein Way, Vinial Street, Wettach Street, Suismon Street, Rickenbaugh Street, Ahlers Way, Constance Street, Moneta Street, Chestnut Street, Salter Way.
Today I attended a group tour of the steps in Spring Garden/Spring Hill-City view and the Threadbare Cider House and Meadery. The tours are done monthly in collaboration with the Mis.Steps Project. Laura of Mis.steps is visiting all of the 739+ plus stairs in the city and documenting it with Polaroid pictures, blog posts, and a quarterly zine. You can read her blog here: https://mis-steps.com/blog/
My friend Amy was supposed to come with me but she had a small family emergency and couldn’t come at the last minute. So I went alone. I had walked many streets in this area earlier last week and also back in March on Day 27.
We started at the Cider House with the intention of coming back after our walk for cider samples and a tour of the brewery. Our group started out by going up the Arcola Street Stairs. They were pretty long and awarded fantastic views of the city.
At the top of the stairs we all caught our breath and went over to see the Diana Place landslide. Luckily, no houses were affected but the road was almost completely gone.
We walked down the Diana Place Stairs to Homer Street. These stairs are unlike most in the city because they are cantilevered as opposed to being built right into the hillside.
We walked up Homer to Damas and then went up the Steine Street Stairs. When I entered the street names into my spreadsheet, Steine didn’t light up even though I had absolutely walked on it before. So, I’m counting it now. I hope that didn’t happen a lot. 😵
We got to the top of Hunnell Street which was the apex of our walk. After this, it was all downhill, in a good way. We spied these bird appliqués that were placed by the same artist who had done the murals at the entrance to Spring Hill and on various houses. (See them here: http://getlostpgh.com/2019/03/06/day-27-spring-hill-city-view/)
Back on Spring Garden Avenue I separated from the group so I could quickly walk on Voskamp and Welser. I saw this strange warning.
Cooly in the Cider House, we started on our second tour. One of the cool things I learned on the tour was the origin of the Cider House’s name. Johnny Appleseed Chapman travelled from Massachusetts to Indiana planting nurseries of apple trees. He spent a lot of time in W. PA planting trees along the Monongahela River. He lived a very nomadic lifestyle and for his work, would only accept small gifts like old, threadbare clothing.
We got samples of the cider to taste while we toured and by the end, I had a pretty healthy buzz. The Bouquet de Rosé was my favorite. After the tour, I was pretty hungry so I ordered the Asparagus and Fiddlehead Pizza and a beer to wash it all down with. While I was waiting for my food, I spoke with Laura a bit more and she told me about the Dumpbusters program with the Allegheny Cleanways. This group tackles junk dumped on hillsides and pretty much anywhere. I think I might start incorporating some of their outings with my walks.
Pretty soon, my food was ready and I dug in!
It was the hottest day of the year so far at 87 but I wasn’t done walking yet. Plus, I needed to sweat out some of the cider and beer I’d just ingested. I decided to walk some of the streets I’d missed last week in Spring Garden and East Allegheny. There really weren’t that many as far as I could tell.
On Tell Street, there was definitely something going on.
I walked up Firth headed towards Old Honesty Street and came back down to Spring Garden where I saw this odd tunnel.
The Hopkins Maps from 1923 only showed a large structure there with the name F. Wroblewski. Definitely not something industrious that would require such a tunnel. In the 1800s, the maps shows that the area on the hill above the tunnel was home to two cemeteries and an orphan asylum. Now, it’s Gardner Field.
I wonder if the area has some residual spirit activity. Whatever this snake saw, definitely scared him to death.
Still not done walking, I passed Threadbare again and headed towards East Allegheny. I walked on Roethleine Way thinking nothing of it until I entered it into my spreadsheet. It was a duplicate! How was this possible? The other Roethleine in Troy Hill was a block long and seemed to be a continuation of Roessler Street. I looked at Google Street View and it turns out the whole street is actually Roessler. I’ve reported their error.
I saw a friend from High School on Vinial Street and we chatted for a bit. Then I quickly walked the rest of the streets I’d missed last week in East Allegheny when I was short on time.
The bottom of the CLSOED Chestnut Street stairs were adorned with a beautiful mural. I really hope they fix those.
Finally done walking, I made my way back to my car and passed by Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Garden. It is a sister company of Threadbare.
My walk was a short one at 4.32 Miles. If you would have told me 5 months ago that I a 4+ mile would be short, I would have said you were crazy.