It's rather surreal to go back to Ambridge, Pennsylvania, my hometown, and find so much that I remembered from my childhood in the '50s and '60s is no longer there.
Schools, gone. Churches, gone. Businesses, gone. Swimming pool and rec center, gone. And of course the mills, gone.
Some of the buildings I remember have vanished and only empty lots remain. Too many are vacant, even derelict with broken windows and sagging roofs. A few buildings have been re-purposed. (I was especially amused to see how many "beer gardens" appear to have been converted to homes or apartments.)
Eventually, those of us who lived in Ambridge during the baby boom years will also be gone. But before then, I'd like to capture some of the memories of those of us who remember Ambridge in the '50s and '60s.
Some of my memories of growing up in Ambridge are fond ones. Some are not so pleasant. Most are just memories, neither good nor bad, of a town and time that were, but are no more.
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