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Fall & Winter 1997
Fall and Winter 1997

What Museum in Youngwood?
by: Al Hopfer (President, Youngwood Historical and Railroad Museum)

The best kept secret in Westmoreland County is the fact that there really is a MUSEUM in Youngwood. This Rail Town's heritage since 1871 is encased in the former Pennsylvania Railroad's passenger and baggage station "at the tracks" on Depot St. It beckons for all to come-see the Way Back When of our home town. Without realizing what they have in their own backyard, many of our neighbors travel far and wide to find excitement and learn more about the history around them.

Officers and volunteers here at the Museum however, have learned that half its sustaining membership are from OUTSIDE Pennsylvania! Visitors from over 40 states have signed the guest book. Perhaps they too are missing history in their own back-yards but we're happy to know them.

Meanwhile, the secrecy of the Youngwood Museum becomes a daily mystery. Almost daily we get calls asking how to get here, the most recent one from a block away, the caller telling us "There couldn't be a museum there, its only an abandoned train station."

Youngwood was brought into the light of day during the golden age of railroading, 1880 - 1930, becoming important 125 years after the American revolution at the turn of the 20th Century.

To learn more about the beginnings and happenings of Youngwood and its railroad heritage, visit the hidden Museum and see for yourself what you've been missing. Ring the doorbell and walk right in! Or call 724-925-7355.

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