Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania

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Oppaymolleah's Curse. General Braddock's Buried Gold. The Original Man of Steel, Joe Magarac. Such legends have found a home among the rich folklore of Western Pennsylvania. Thomas White spins a beguiling yarn with tales that reach from the misty hollows of the Alleghenies to the lost islands of Pittsburgh. White invites readers to learn the truth behind the urban legend of the Green Man, speculate on the conspiracy surrounding the lost B-25 bomber of Monongahela and shiver over the ghostly lore of Western ...

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Overview

Oppaymolleah's Curse. General Braddock's Buried Gold. The Original Man of Steel, Joe Magarac. Such legends have found a home among the rich folklore of Western Pennsylvania. Thomas White spins a beguiling yarn with tales that reach from the misty hollows of the Alleghenies to the lost islands of Pittsburgh. White invites readers to learn the truth behind the urban legend of the Green Man, speculate on the conspiracy surrounding the lost B-25 bomber of Monongahela and shiver over the ghostly lore of Western Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596297319
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Series: Folklore Series
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 793,684
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Part I Legends of the French and Indian War

Founding History, Founding Myth 13

Oppaymolleah's Curse 14

Braddock's Gold 17

Old Tom Fossit 22

Bulletproof George 28

Part II From Out of the Sky Comes-Conspiracy?

It's a Conspiracy! 33

The Lost Bomber of the Monongahela 34

Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight? 47

The Kecksburg Crash 50

Part III Tall Tales and Legendary Figures

Tall Tales and Folk Heroes 55

Mike Fink: King of the Keelboaters 55

Judge Reddick v. the Devil 60

Joe Magarac: Man of Steel 61

Part IV The Green Man and Other Urban Legends

Urban Legends in Western Pennsylvania 69

The Green Man (aka Charlie No-Face) 70

Blue Mist Road 74

Zombie Land 7$

Thirteen Bends Road and More Legend Trips 7$

Part V Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories and Community Memory 8$

Maxo Vanka and the Millvale Ghost 8$

Dead Man's Hollow 8$

The Real Story of the "Most Haunted House in America" 9$

The Haunted Museum 9$

Ghosts on Campus 9$

Haunted Hotel Conneaut 10$

Part VI Unique Places

Interesting Places, Strange Geography 10$

Murder Swamp 10$

The Lost Islands of Pittsburgh 11$

The Underground River 11$

Relics and Miracles of Saint Anthony's Chapel 11$

Selected Bibliography 11$

About the Author 12$

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    Great for Pittsburghers, past or present!

    Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania is one of the best books I've read on the myths and legends of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Mr. White presents many stories which were familiar to me as a native Pittsburgher (and many that weren't) in a clear and concise manner. He also examines each story to explain why these particular stories have been passed down for generations. His knowledge of the subject matter is impressive throughout the book, but his sense of humor and his wit make the book extremely readable.

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