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County courthouse dominates the autumn landscape in Mercer

MERCER, Pa.- On this beautiful fall day in Mercer, it was pretty peaceful. There wasn’t too much of a hustle in the town but shops were open and people were stirring. When you think about a county, you might think of the Mercer County Courthouse. It’s an eye-catching historic building on the national registry for historic properties.

I was very lucky on this trip to have such nice weather and it made the courthouse look amazing. Every time I have been in this town I was usually just driving through, but this trip I noticed how all the main roads converge at this gothic-style structure built in 1911.  It clearly sits on the highest point in the community. This trip required me to park my car and get out to explore with my camera. I was able to take time to see the beauty of it during the autumn months.

img_9807The courthouse was filled with people you can see all of the cars lined up. I was walking back to my car when I heard someone ask “what are you doing?” I looked up and met county commissioner Tim McGonigle. I let him know I was taking pictures for this gallery for my class at Westminster College. It just so happens his wife is a Westminster grad. It was a chance meeting that I don’t think I will forget. He asked to take his picture so you can see him in the gallery.

There are a lot of memorials around the courthouse and I was able to get some pictures of those. The bricks on the ground had names of Veterans who served and their titles. It is just always amazing to see memorials and reminds you how lucky we are to have people to serve for the United States.

Quite possibly my favorite find in this journey was the mural I saw on a building across the street from the courthouse. I thought it was well done and thought you all might enjoy it. You can learn more about how that mural came to be by clicking on the text above. It was something I thought was unique in the town and couldn’t wait to capture it.

During a drive through Mercer or anywhere, you may not always stop and look around, but I encourage you to stop, look around and see the beauty that is everywhere you go. When you do this also take pictures so you can look back and remember where you have been and the experience that went along with it.

 

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