As I drove along Route 6 through Mt. Jewett on my way to the Kinzua Bridge, I was amazed at this beautiful, colorful mural on the side of a building. On my way back through I stopped to capture this amazing art. I had no idea how this beautiful mural found it’s way into such a small, rural town. Until I got home and did some research.
Route 6 is an interesting road across the northern part of Pennsylvania and runs through a lot of beautiful, small towns. The town of Mt. Jewett has a large Swedish heritage. They even have an annual Swedish Festival during the second week of August.
The mural was painted by the famous muralist Kong Ho. The mural is 3,4000 square feet and showcases the local heritage. It is definitely a wonder to set your eyes upon when visiting this little town.
The Kinzua Bridge was once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high. If you know me, you know I love history and abandoned structures. After seen photos of this I knew it was something I wanted to see in person. Today I committed myself to a long road trip to photograph the Kinzua Bridge myself.
It was a long journey. I live in Harrisburg which is in south central Pennsylvania. The Kinzua Bridge is located in Kinzua Bridge State Park which is near Mt. Jewett in north western Pennsylvania near the New York border. It took four hours to drive their, and another four hours to drive back.
In 2003, the bridge was hit by a tornado which brought down about half of the bridge.
In 2011, the remaining section of the bridge was reinforced along with the addition of a walking platform and observation deck at the end of the standing structure. Above is a view from the end of the standing structure which overlooks the falled section of the bridge.
You can find more photos of the Kinzua Bridge on my Flickr set.
Our second stop on our Pennsylvania photo trip was the Concrete City located near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. This area was built in 1911 for the management of the local coal industry. The area was abandoned in 1924 and left to be reclaimed by nature. In 1998 the Concrete City was declared a historic site.
The site is often used for paintball games. In fact, there were quite a few people playing paintball when we arrived. They kindly stopped their game and notified others that we were there. If you are a photographer and looking for an end-of-the-world type of setting for a photo shoot, this is the place!