Travels to the East (Coast) Pt. I – Pittsburgh and Gettysburg, PA

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At the Original Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh, PA

My wife went to college just outside of Pittsburgh, so my family decided to go to this year’s Homecoming at her alma mater, (Westminster College) which also happened to be her five-year reunion. My wife and 6th grader, J.D., stayed until Monday, but my 8th grader, Mason, and I took off at 4am Monday morning and began a week long American (and Masonic) Historical Excursion.


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We ate sandwiches stuffed with coleslaw and French fries at the original Primanti Bros. in the Strip District.
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We ate some gourmet pierogies, and Heather and I shared a flight of beers at the Church Brew Works, which is actually in an old Catholic church.
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Of course, we had to stop in Cranberry for 
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some wings from Quaker Steak and Lube.
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Finally, we finished off with some Smiley Cookies from Eat’n Park (also in Cranberry).

But, we didn’t just eat. We also did some site-seeing.

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We rode the Duquesne Incline to the top!
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We looked around up there and found Points of View
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The family looking at Points of View
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We went down to the fountain
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We saw the outline for the shoreline and Fort Duquesne

We left at around 430am and arrived in Gettysburg just before 8am.


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Mason sits next to President Lincoln
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We finally found the Friend to Friend Memorial
A helping hand
We found the Masonic Building in Gettysburg
A beacon of light
Mason is worn out and ready to move on to the next stop


  1. Brother Jared, in life timing is everything. Had I discovered your blog sometime in September, I might have volunteered as a (remote) guide for this, your journey. I’m from Pittsburgh, lived for many years in Cranberry Township, and might have provided you with some introductions. You drove through the 26th Masonic District which I know well. On your way north you passed by Zelienople, PA, where my Masonic home is: Harmony Lodge No. 429. I know New Wilmington as well, and could have recommended you to Wilmington Lodge No. 804. Oh well. Next time you plan on visiting the “Keystone State,” I’ll offer some help.

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