This morning, one of our friends, Jack Schalk commented on my recent post – Eastland – Always on our Minds
I left Duquesne in 1959 and never had a knowledge of Eastland or its environs. In my mind, I can’t even place the location from a map of the site. Cory Werling (above) mentioned that he could see Eastland from the top of Kennedy Ave in the evening and I just can’t relate to this vision. Does anyone have an older photo of the site prior to development as viewed from Duquesne?
Thanks to another of our friends, Bob Vislay, DHS Class of ’69, Jack and others can get a clear perspective of where the slag dump and eventually Eastland was located.
This is a picture looking down W. Grant Ave after the tornado of 1956:
Thanks Bob for pointing this out.
I remember the dump but never saw the mall and your photo certainly helped bring it to life.
That’s a great picture.
Wow! I remember this. Totally forgot about. Great picture. Thanks, Bob V.
Ahh, those yellow helmets! I still have my Dad’s. He used to say that you could tell how big a breakdown in the Duq Works was by counting the yellow hats wandering around.
I sent you an Email some months back telling you about the once giant hole that became the Eastland Shopping Mall. My husband ( late Michael Mochan) and other hired employee’s worked for John Sopko and partner Pete Markstein whose business was receiving countless trucks filled with slag from the Steel Mill and then delivered and dumped in the giant hole that eventually became The Eastland Shopping Mall. I wished we had photos of what was once a giant of a hole but I don’t. John Sopko was the husband of Michaels sister Barbara who just a few weeks ago passed away at age 96. Sadly no one thought of taking photo’s of that Dump. I look forward to reading all THE DUQUESNE HUNKY NEWS. The town of Duquesne once was also populated with several Serbian Families and the Duquesne Serbian Club was a favorite social club for first generation Serbian ‘Gals and Guys’ The late Alex Medich, tried very hard to hold on to the Duquesne Serb Club but the second generation of Serbs was more into the Rock and Roll Music. However the South Side Serbian Club is still thriving and so too is the Tamburitzan Groups in the Pittsburgh area. Thank you for Duquesne Hunky….KEEP IT UP! Helen Drakulic Mochan
Thanks for the kind words Helen!