It was a bit Misty & on the cool side here at the old Bernheart Dam. Weather & the Fall Season are upon us, but the color is not quite all there yet. It should be in full color in a week or so.
This old Dam has been here for longer than I remember. It used to be a good fishing place until a Battery Plant moved in close by. Now, the water here is no good. No fish, either. The only Wildlife here are the ducks & geese which don’t hang around very long.
The City of Reading is going to drain this Dam in the next 6 months. Where are they going to empty this water into? There is alot of it. Pump it out into a nearby stream? I don’t know, and I think the City does not know either. Guess that time will tell.
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Located right along side the Main St. in the town of Oley, PA is the Squire House that was built in the early 1700s. The Home is still here to this day but has had a few additions added on to it since the early day’s. The front of the house was added on in 1856, but the original house is still in the back part.
While photographing this old home, I noticed that the Owner was out front, so decided to walk over and ask some questions about it. She was very friendly and told me a number of things that most people don’t know. One of them is that the home is Haunted!! She saw with her own eye’s a figure walk past the kitchen window from out of nowhere and disappear into nothing! She has no clue about who the Spirit is or why he is there. She told me that this has happened a number of times in the past.
Also, she & her husband have heard knocking on the front door and scratching on the outside walls. When they go to check out the noise, there is no one there! Nothing. No one around. It is also heard during the nighttime, and again nothing there. There is a swing set out in the back yard where she was sitting one day. Out of nothing, a voice told her to “Get Off!” She heard it plain as day!
They also have a dog for a pet. She told me that their dog will not enter the kitchen, at times, because it knows something strange is in there! Just sit’s growling and looking into the kitchen! It is often said that animals can sense the presence of Spirits. Most of the time their dog enters the kitchen with no problem.
Now, this is the home that is located right next to the Squire House. I was told that it also has “strange” things that have happened here over the years and still do. It’s not as old as the Squire House, but I believe it was built in the early 1800’s like a number of other old homes in Oley.
I have known this small ole’ Town since my day’s attending Oley High School back in the ’60s, but I’ve never known some of the homes to be haunted. While talking with this nice informative Lady, I was shocked to hear about all this! It can be very informative when you just walk up and ask people questions about what you see. Believe this or not? I do!
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It’s that time of the year again when the famous Oley Fair is going on. This Fair has been here for many years, and even since I was in the Oley Senior High School, which is now gone to make room for a Park. The Fair has not changed all that much since way back when I came here as a Teenager. The displays offering different products for sale are about the same, just more modern. This area has lot’s of History and farmland, so there are a few tractors and farm equipment on display. The teenagers still come here, just like I did, but now it’s a different generation. The food is just great and always has been. People come here just for the food and walk around to see what’s new. Farm animals are here also. Cows, pigs, sheep, and lambs are here to be judged for best of show. I think they all look good!
This is just one of the pieces of farm equipment for sale. New Hollard tractors are one of the ones that are popular to buy because they are made better. Of course, the price goes along with it. Farm tractors such as this run in the price range of $50,000!
Along with the Fair, there is most always, a Car Show with quite a number of beautiful restored ole’ cars back from the ’50s & ’60s. This is one of them. The Man behind the car restored this 1938 Coupe himself. It took him more than 10 yrs. to do all this!
Just one of the number of T-Birds for show.
The Image for this T-bird does not do it justice. This was one beautiful, restored car!
Looking from the rear. Notice the Tiger tail. It was a Tail to show he has a Tiger in his gas tank from Esso Gas. Now, long gone.
The mighty Pontic GTO with it’s 383 cid engine. I remember this car well. You could “light up the hides” with this muscle car so easy! It would go like hell! This is when gas was just 32 cents a gallon! Remember that? Cars like this will never be built again, and I find it a shame.
This is the last one I’ll post. I just love cars from the time I was in High School. They bring back so many memories for us all.
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The M60 Main Battle Tank is a static display located in the small Town of Leesport, Pa.
Used during the Korean & Vietnam War’s this tank had a 105mm Main Gun. It also had a 7.62cal. machine gun that was located on the top. Also carried a few thousand rounds of machine gun ammunition.
Photographed in B&W the M60 is slowly loosing the color it once had from sitting in all types of weather. Would have liked to see the inside of this, but everything is locked up tight so no one enters. The engine that powered this is still inside.
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Using Photoshop for B&W Images.
Took a drive up to the Historic Old City of Bethlehem, PA to see the buildings that have been here since the 1700’s.
Just some of the buildings that are on Main Street. A nice style.
This used to be a Tannery long ago.
The Spring House.
Located along the Main St. of Historic Bethlehem are a few small outside cafe’s where you can order drinks or food. Thought this one was nice, so I stopped in for some coffee and a bite to eat. Never been in one of these, so thought I’d give it a try. Prices were a bit stiff. Cup of coffee was $3.50! That surprised me. Ordered some eggs, bacon, and potatoes. My total bill for this was $15.38. The food was very good, despite the price.
While sitting waiting to pay my bill at the Cafe, I noticed the Police on horseback patroling the City street’s. However, they were riding on the sidewalk which I found strange. Never knew this was done, but guess that it is. The Police were very friendly to talk with so I asked “What is done if the horse poops on the sidewalk?” He answered “We have to stop and put the poop into a special bag we carry right here.” Well, that was a new one for me. I liked the color of the Grey horse. They are very well taken care of.
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Photographed at the Pioneer Coal Mine, Ashland PA
Long ago, this is what lifted the tons of Coal from deep inside a Mine.
This is the Power Machinery that lifted the tons of Coal.
Roads that lead nowhere, but into the brush.
Had the chance to Tour this Coal Processing Plant with 10 other people. It’s very dirty, full of coal dust, and noisy. Here the coal is processed into different size chunks for customers all over the USA. Safety is the main concern of the UMW Union. OSHA has nothing to say about what goes on here. The United Mine Worker’s do!
What remains of a old “drag line” from long ago.
A whole lot of wasted water.
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