Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).
Important Note: There will be no Thursday Doors challenge next week. Accordingly, there will be no Thursday Doors Recap on Sunday September 5th. Thursday Doors will return on September 9th.
This will be the last week that I’ll be running doors from our visit last month to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some of today’s doors are ones that didn’t fit the previous three themes. Some fit but were left out because there were too many doors. Some were going to be the subject of additional research.
When we were growing up in Pittsburgh, we were quite familiar with a street called Boyce Road. Boyce Rd, connects, albeit in a circuitous fashion, McLaughlin Run Rd and Mayview Road. Until I was about 10 years old, my family lived on McLaughlin Run Rd, in an apartment building my grandmother owned. She lived there until her death when I was 16. Mayview Rd was home to Mayview State Hospital, a State operated mental hospital. My mother worked at Mayview as did my future sister-in-law. My father was a mailman. His route included Boyce Rd and Mayview State hospital. Later, when I worked for the Post Office during the summers while I was in college, I delivered mail to Mayview.
During this visit, we wanted to hike in Boyce-Mayview Park, the park that was built on part of the old hospital grounds. That plan was washed out by a thunderstorm, but I did snag a few photos. The “Boyce” House was the first house in the area. The Boyce family arrived in 1772 and began farming the area along Chartiers Creek. In 1871, the Charties Railroad was established, and Boyce Station was constructed across the road from the Boyce farmhouse. These two building remain.
While some farms remain, the area has largely been built up with residential housing. Mayview Hospital was abandoned by the State in the 1990’s, removed and turned into a park. The Boyce house and the station have been maintained/restored and are currently occupied by businesses. As I was trying to get photos of the Boyce house, a woman from the business came out to greet me. The house is currently for sale, she thought I might be interested. I explained the concept of Thursday Doors, however, I did not get a good picture of the front door – bushes and a large for-sale sign blocked the beat view.
I don’t know much about most of the other doors. What I do know is in the captions. One photo is of my Grandmother’s Church. It stands opposite the cemetery where she is buried. We always visit her grave when we visit Pittsburgh.
I also snapped a few photos as Faith drove us through the Fort Pitt Tunnel on our way home. The exit from this tunnel is often referred to as Pittsburgh’s Front Door. The slideshow block below will show you why.
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One more last thing. The Classic Block gallery I was using was not working correctly in all browsers. I hope you can read the captions. If you want to see the photos clear, you can click on one to start a slideshow…I think.
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