I had come across Pottsville, Pennsylvania by accident. I was heading down to Gettysburg back in March and my GPS took me on this weird little route. Right through coal country. So I got to see such places as Ashland, Centralia, but it was Pottsville that drew my attention, mostly because I didn’t drive through the downtown, but outside of it. It was odd to see these 1930s era high-rises and I was drawn to it.
Skip ahead, and I find myself again drive up through coal country on my way home from Washington DC. And having left DC at 5:30 in the morning by 9:30 I was ready for a break and made sure I was pointed at Pottsville. It wasn’t as run down as I expected. While there were many buildings in the city that were boarded up. The city still seemed to be alive. Or maybe it was just because of the early morning light filtering through the mists.
The city was built on coal as far back as the 1790s, but the town is also known for beer. Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery is operated still in its historic building in the downtown core. And has even completed a new structure that refurbished their older building as well. Sadly it wasn’t opening for another hour by the time I had found it. So I wasn’t able to stop in.
And while I’ve named this blog entry ‘Disillusionment’ I think back now, and figure that it shouldn’t be that…but hope. Despite what I saw, I didn’t feel like the city wasn’t down on its luck…but ready to bounce back. Hope.
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