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Hickory Street Bridge, Warren, Pennsylvania
Hickory Street Bridge   
The award winning Hickory Street Bridge connecting
downtown with South Warren has been through
many incarnations over two centuries. This photo is
the 2007 version. It includes a convenient walkway
with benches where you can watch the river or an
outdoor music concert. In 1871 it was a
suspension
toll
bridge. For some reason this scene has always
been close to the hearts of local residents. You can
even get notecards of a painting of it from a
local
artist. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this
page you can view an early 20th Century painting of it
that is hanging in the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C. The painting is done from a
memory and is representational. Local natives can
make pretty good guesses of what each item in the
painting represents. It is a classic "primitive" work.
Believe it or not, this was considered a
"masterpiece" of American naive (not native) art in
1968 and was exhibited in the Grand Palais in Paris,
France. The local library has received
national
recognition
and has been called "the gem of the
Allegheny."  I think the whole town is a gem. It's a
great place to retire. The area ranked
number two in
the nation for best rural places to live. The
Seneca
Indians were the original inhabitants of this location
which is the confluence of the Conewango Creek
and the Allegheny River. Many still live here and on
the northern shores of the Allegheny River. I went to
local public school with them and one of my
landlords was a descendent.  (
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Unless otherwise noted website contents are Copyright 2005-2007
by
Allegheny Almanac
from Warren, PA                               see Kinzua Dam
photo  Copyright 2007
Victorian Warren, PA
Gem of the Allegheny
"After the Wedding in
Warren,
Pennsylvania"
artist unknown
National Gallery of Art


A nice print of this original
can be seen in the foyer
of the
Warren Public
Library. On close
inpsection you can see
the word "Warren" on a
sign at the white railroad
station just under the
small bridge arch and
"Liberty Inn" on the tall
brown townhouse to the
right.
Can you spot the 1823
Sill House
in this painting
?

(hint)
Hickory Street Bridge
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