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The other Palo Alto

Original post made on Aug 14, 2007

It is springtime in Palo Alto. The snow has melted, giving way to new shrubs and plants. And at the bottom of "Pally Mountain," children gather, eager to climb the slope. After a 20-minute walk on a woodsy trail, they'll reach their destination: the white painted rock three-quarters up. This is Palo Alto, Pa.
Photos by David McKeown.

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    Posted by Tim
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I wonder if the "other" Palo Alto won't let their Fire Dept send fire trucks to fallen Firefighters services? Do you think they let the Firefighters lower their fire station flags on the day of the service?

    I wonder- maybe I will make a call and report back.

    Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
    a resident of Midtown
    on Aug 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    They have Murtha, We have Eshoo. Somehow appropriate.

    Posted by Jake
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 15, 2007 at 9:08 am

    I bet the PA. Palo Alto lowered the flag after the two Contra Costa County Firefighters will killed in the line of duty trying two rescue two people!
    Frank Benest, the man who has a comment about everything seems to be silent since his return from vacation? The City Manager has given the City of Palo Alto Ca. a black eye with his mean spirited actions. He has shown that he values politics over human life.

    Posted by Andy
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 15, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Hi...I am from the "other Palo Alto". Nice write-up...I was actually surprised to see it. And to answer the inquiry about the flags at half-mast, etc., the answer to all questions is "YES". A fallen comrade, no matter where located, is still a comrade. That's the way we roll.

    Posted by Donna
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 15, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I spent the first 6 years of my life in the PA Palo Alto. Now I work
    in the CA Palo Alto and my relatives in PA think that is very funny.
    I cannot see any resemblance at all between the two.

    Posted by Beth
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I am a former Palo Altonian who has moved to the big city of Pottsville, PA. I spent the first 32 years of my life in Palo Alto, PA. Not enough could be said about growing up in this small community where your neighbor is considered a member of your family and community service is instilled in you at a very early age. If everyone could be this lucky!

    Posted by David
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Having lived in Port Carbon just over the bridge from Pally for many of my younger years, the towns have different names but the people are all the same, warm, friendly, becoming part of a "family". I could go over to Pally & be as welcome there as I would in Port, Schoentown, St. Clair or any other local boro.
    Anyone who lives there or has lived there know those joys of growing up that every kid in America should experience.

    Posted by Rick
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Well written and enjoyed the article and comments very much. A pottsville coal cracker from across the Pally bridge.
    Rick W~

    Posted by Any PA Any Day
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 17, 2007 at 1:04 am

    It excites me to know there's another Palo Alto. One of my life goals is to visit PA.

    Posted by bean
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 17, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    A small bridge connects the borough to a city called Pottsville, population 15,549, known as "The Gateway to the Anthracite Coal Region."

    did anyone see that bridge lately

    Posted by Tim
    a resident of Crescent Park
    on Aug 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    To Any PA Any Day,

    Your get excited to visit another city because of its name? It's a life goal? I want to party you.

    Posted by David
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 18, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    the old bridge to Pottsville is only open to pedestrian traffic due to structural deficency. It most likely will never re-open to auto traffic because of the costs of repair.

    Posted by Paul Baddick
    a resident of Old Palo Alto
    on Aug 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I was born and raise in Pally, Of course anyone who ever attended Palo Alto Public School whould never call it "Pally" in front of Mr. McGovern. I can truly say that without reservation Pally was the best place in the world to grow-up. Hanging out with guys named Squirrel, Flea, Goose, Dog, Bird, Snake, Inski, Onion, Cav, just to name a few. During the summer months it was great. Playing baseball in the mornings, hanging out at the corner playing "fox and hounds" in the evening. Camping out up at the gardens. sneaking down to tumbling run to go swimming. We all stuck together growing up then one day it was gone, Oh sure we still see each other and say Hi, how's the family?...idle talk. but what we all had growing up was really priceless. My Mon and Dad still live there same house, and sometimes when I visit and sit on the "wall" I think about the fun we all had growing up. I guess we really never knew how lucky we were. I really miss those days!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Friend too
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Aug 20, 2007 at 9:21 pm


    Your growing up did sound great, but then if you read the growing up in PA thread here, it sounds pretty idylic too. I just wish I had a place with memories of where I grew up somewhere on the internet so I could be nostalgic with old buddies too.

    Posted by dot
    a resident of Old Palo Alto
    on Aug 22, 2007 at 5:00 pm


    Posted by Lorrie Hemerly
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Aug 24, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Beautiful article on the PA Palo Alto. I was raised in that borough and still think fondly of it. My family still lives there so I get to visit it often. I live about 30 minutes from there.

    Posted by LEANNE
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 26, 2007 at 8:31 pm


    Posted by dta
    a resident of another community
    on Aug 27, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    hi lila, how u doing?

    Posted by ANTHONY
    a resident of Old Palo Alto
    on Oct 27, 2007 at 11:53 am


    Posted by ANTHONY
    a resident of Old Palo Alto
    on Oct 27, 2007 at 11:57 am


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