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Shenandoah: 1938

Shenandoah: 1938

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1938. "Shenandoah. House fronts in a mining town." Medium format acetate negative by Sheldon Dick. View full size.


Big Band Brothers' Birthplace

Shenandoah is the birthplace of big band leaders Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, born in 1904 and 1905, respectively.

If ever there was a crooked man

I think we've found his house.

From the WPA Guide on Pennsylvania

SHENANDOAH (Ind. daughter of the skies), 2.5 m. (1,300 alt., 20,782 pop.), is crowded into a comparatively small area in the center of a valley. Washington Avenue is locally called the 'Sunken Street,' because it has settled several feet; in some places houses are propped to prevent collapse. On March 4, 1940, a cave-in affecting a 16-block area damaged the homes of 4,000 persons, broke gas and water mains, and opened wide cracks in streets. Shenandoah was first settled in 1835; mining on a large scale began in 1862 when a land company laid out the town. The beginning of the coal industry brought English and Welsh miners, followed by Irish. Subsequent immigrations brought Germans, Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, and other nationality groups. A fire in 1883 virtually reduced the town to ashes. The first Greek Catholic parish in the United States,St. Michael's, was organized here in 1884, and the church was erected three years later. Although the principal industrial activity is mining, the town has three textile mills and two meat-packing plants.


If you have time to loaf, you have time to paint!

Passive-Aggressive AA Intervention League

That's the building where they house the town drunks, and the only Muzak playing is the Waits/Richards cover of Shenandoah.

Pennsylvania is for Lovers

Lotta love on the ground floor, lotta lovers' leaps above.

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