Cool & Creepy: A Drone Tour of Abandoned Pa. Turnpike & Tunnels

What would Pennsylvania look like after a "Walking Dead"-style apocalypse? This video gives you an idea.


Back in 1968, 13 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike highway were rerouted over the mountains, instead of through them, when a one-lane tunnel caused too much traffic to back up.

For a while, this stretch of land from Breezewood to Sideling Hill in Waterfall, Pa., was used for military training. But after a 2001 attempt to turn the land into a bike trail failed, it was left completely abandoned and exceptionally creepy.

Jim Cheney recently documented a visit for

“The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike is officially closed to visitors, as signs at the entrance tell you. However, the language on the signs lets you know that it's not a no trespassing area, simply an area where you proceed at your own risk. If you do opt to visit, use common sense and be respectful of the area, so that there is no reason to actually restrict access to the area.”



#Celebrate: Pittsburgh remembers August Wilson

Free birthday cake never is a bad idea — especially when it is eaten to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Saturday, April 25, marks what would have been Wilson’s 70th birthday. Pittsburgh’s Hill House Association/Kaufmann Center will hold the celebration from noon to 3 p.m. and show the documentary "August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand."

The day’s events also include student performances, a community collage and a performance of the award-winning play written by high-school senior Alexis Payne. Students and teachers may submit student art and writing to the “Who are the people in your neighborhood” virtual exhibit on or before April 20.

The WQED sponsored event is free, but you must RSVP.

Related: Preserving August Wilson’s Voice


#CommunityService: Rotary event to serve vets

Pittsburgh Rotary Club is making it a mission to make sure everyone — especially veterans who use wheelchairs — can enjoy the outdoors. Mayor Peduto’s office named April 17 “Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Day,” which will be a day of service to raise money for 10 track chairs for Pittsburgh’s veterans. Track chairs are motorized wheelchairs that are able to move easily through hills, beaches, or snowy areas.

Rotary members from several different charities will perform 105 hours of service on this day — one hour for every year of the club’s charter — at various locations across the city.

Events include breakfast at PPG Place with Rotary Youth Exchange Students, a shoe collection at The Strip District Wesbanco, a networking event at the Rivers Club and more.



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