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My Hometown, Murals and Food

Updated on March 19, 2015

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. I was born in Harrisburg, the state's capital but at the age of 5 my family moved farther northeast to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. For the last 45 years, since I married, I lived in Pittston Township, connected to the town of Pittston.

Pittston is known for it's coal mines and also gaining popularity as the tomato belt of the east coast. I was told because of the mines below and the river that runs alongside of it, the soil became perfect for growing tomatoes. Every year we have what is known as "The Tomato Festival". People come from all over for the tomato festival, where there is actually a tomato fight the last day. The proceeds for that event goes to charity.

A lot of Italian immigrants have came to Pittston many years ago. My grandparents and my husbands grandparents were among them. When they landed they found out that there were mostly Irish immigrants here and in the beginning, of course, the two collided. Now there is harmony among them, even in marriages.

I will show you some of the murals that have been painted by a local artist on some of our buildings. Like I said, it is a small town, so not as many as some of you probably have in your towns. I hope you enjoy them.

Murals In Pittston

A mural of the coal miners on the side of a building.
A mural of the coal miners on the side of a building. | Source
A mural of tomatoes going splat as in the tomato festival fight.
A mural of tomatoes going splat as in the tomato festival fight. | Source
A mural of buildings on an older building being renovated.
A mural of buildings on an older building being renovated. | Source
One of many tomatoes painted on windows in the town.
One of many tomatoes painted on windows in the town. | Source
Sunflowers bought at the Farmer's Market on Main Street in Pittston.
Sunflowers bought at the Farmer's Market on Main Street in Pittston. | Source

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Other Points of Interest in Our Town

In the pictures below you will see the Susquehanna River. The top photo also shows a view of the Endless Mountains. The view in the fall is gorgeous.

The Ostego Lake in New York is the source of the Susquehanna River and the river runs all the down to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

It has ran over it's banks several times causing havoc everywhere, but that only happened two or three times that I know of. Other then that, it is a lazy, beautiful river.


Photos of the picturesque Susquehanna River

A picture of the Susquehanna River taken from one of the bridges that connect Pittston and West Pittston looking north
A picture of the Susquehanna River taken from one of the bridges that connect Pittston and West Pittston looking north | Source
A picture of the bridge that I took the first picture from, the river in the distance.
A picture of the bridge that I took the first picture from, the river in the distance. | Source
A picture of the Susquehanna River from the side of the road looking south.
A picture of the Susquehanna River from the side of the road looking south. | Source
The Susquehanna River
The Susquehanna River | Source

Food Interests in Pittston

Another thing Pittston is noted for is it's pizzerias. They are on every corner and each one has great pizza. Some with thick crust, thin crust white cheese double crust pizza and the same with broccoli added. There is an Italian deli which is an inspiration for some of my dishes. The pictures below are just a few of these foods.

Treats from our Italian Deli

Fresh tomato pizza and ham pizza,  just several of the treats we have in Pittston.  It's from an Italian Deli..  There are numerous pizzerias in Pittston.
Fresh tomato pizza and ham pizza, just several of the treats we have in Pittston. It's from an Italian Deli.. There are numerous pizzerias in Pittston. | Source
Chicketta Pizza
Chicketta Pizza | Source
Delicious sausage and peppers from this particular deli.
Delicious sausage and peppers from this particular deli. | Source

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi aesta1, thanks for the visit. I'm glad you like the pictures. There is another great mural they have just added, I have to still get a picture of it.

      Blessings to you

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an interesting place. I am glad to know more of places I haven't been to. The Murals are amazing.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      The murals are so interesting. I adore seeing them in towns as I pass through and always stop to photograph them.

      If I were in PA I would come to the tomato festival for sure.

      I lived in PA my senior year of high school in Boyertown...quite a switch for a little girl from VA with a huge accent.

      Thanks for sharing Rachel.

      Angels are on the way to you today

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Brownella. Very nice comments. They are appreciated.

      Blessings.

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      brownella 3 years ago from New England

      Hi Rachel. What a nice tribute to your home town! There are several murals in the towns surrounding me and it always cheers me up to drive by them. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you girls, Peggy, Rebecca and Thelma: Your comments are appreciated. I enjoyed doing this hub. It was a little different for me; not a recipe. I also love seeing pictures of different places, especially since my husband and I don't travel much. Actually not at all, maybe once a year to Lancaster County, just 3 hours from here to the Amish country. Blessings to all of you.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Those are beautiful murals. I have no idea if we have murals here in the city where I live. Tomato festival is fun as I have seen it in the tv when it´s time of this festival again in Italy or in Spain. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Everything looks lovely. I like murals on buildings. And the food looks yummy! Thanks for sharing your town.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for showing us the interesting murals in your town; the beautiful Susquehanna River and the information about the annual tomato fight which benefits charity. Pittston is obviously a very pretty place in which you live. Appreciate your showing it to us. Up votes and happy to share.

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I thought that mural was clever too. Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings to you.

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      Julia Eppehimer 3 years ago

      The tomato mural is hilarious! :) And the food looks delicious. It's making me hungry!

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