ShareThis Page

Braddock Road tour stops await visitor input in Mt. Pleasant area

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
A prototype of one of the signs used by the Mt. Pleasant Area Cultural Trust to help mark the path of the historic Braddock Road in the borough, as well as in Mt. Pleasant, East Huntingdon and Bullskin townships. Submitted
Bill Hare scans a QR (Quick Response) codes located below a sign for Historic Braddock Road on a smartphone in front of Overly Log Cabin Visitor’s Center in Mt. Pleasant in a photograph taken Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Scanning the code allows smartphone users to access information about the road's history courtesy of the Mt. Pleasant Area Cultural Trust. Submitted

Some stops signifying the pathway of Historic Braddock Road through the Mt. Pleasant area are “smartphone-friendly,” according to Cassandra Vivian of the Mt. Pleasant Area Cultural Trust.

The trust recently completed its first project — a brochure, guide and signage for the historic road through area with the help of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, Mt. Pleasant Borough, and Mt. Pleasant, Bullskin and East Huntingdon townships.

The committee which marked the trail, researched its history and determined the route is composed of Vivian along with Bill Hare, Kathy Pieszak and Mike Tabita. The signs have been installed a total of nine local stops on the tour.

Three of the stops where signs are posted are also equipped with QR (Quick Response) codes — the Overly Log Cabin Visitor's Center in the borough, Greenlick Lake in Bullskin and the Native American Village at the Westmoreland Technology Park in East Huntingdon.

“A QR code is like a barcode but it is used by smartphones to take the user to a certain (online) location,” Vivian said.

The code offered at the three Braddock Road sites allows those with smartphones to access a page on the historical society's website —, Vivian said.

“There you will find both the brochure on the road in our area and also the guide that follows the trail of signage recently erected. There will also be a place for travelers to leave their comments,” she said.

Those with smartphones who wish to scan can download the QR code app via a simple search, Vivian said.

“I think that everything, nowadays, is geared toward easing access to information, whether it be over the Internet, or whatever,” said Bill Hare, a Mt. Pleasant resident who spoke about the road's history at a seminar last spring along with fellow experts Norman Baker of Virginia and James Steeley of Greensburg. “If people didn't have access to any trail-related information before, they can zoom in with their smartphone and access it. I think it's really handy.”

Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy said he admires the fact that the trust is using technology to supplement its historical endeavors.

“It's ironic when the words ‘technology' and ‘historical' are in the same sentence, but it shows they're being progressive,” Landy said.

The trust was awarded funding from the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program administered through the Laurel Highlands Visitor's Bureau for the brochure and guide, which are now complete and being distributed, Vivian said.

The items provide a history of the army's travels in the area.

At each important location, a sign has been erected to mark the route. The signs correspond with a number in the guide.

The signage, which was paid for and will be erected and maintained by the various townships and the borough, is the same as was used by the Braddock Road Preservation Association at Jumonville in Fayette County, Vivian said.

It is hoped that other groups will pick up the idea, do the research, and link all of Braddock Road under the same brand of signage, Vivian said.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.