Pennsylvania Ghost Towns; The Mystery of Clairton's Abandoned Lincoln Way

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Lincoln Way at first glance gives the feel of being dark and diabolical. The ugly ruins and debris make the entire neighborhood an eyesore and the perfect location for any red eyed beast to call home. Rumors concerning the abandoned and haunting neighborhood have resulted in many paranormal investigations that have varied results, depending on who you ask.

A Creepy Eyesore Filled with Mystery and Paranormal Activity

The mystery of the abandoned neighborhood of Lincoln Way in Clairton, Pennsylvania has been the subject of speculation since the early seventies, just after the first residents moved out, leaving all of their worldly belongings behind, including one vehicle, and then they simply disappeared without a trace. It is evident that something is amiss the second that you turn onto Lincoln Way. It isn't the dead calm that is laced with eerie nothingness or even the homes that were once filled with families that are now completely void of all signs of life. The deprived yards, high weeds and belongings scattered along the entire length of the street are very real reminders that there is a history here that appears to be nothing more than a memory in time that offers not one clue as to what the past dealt to the people that once resided here. Records from the tax assessor's office show details that the homes have had the same owners since the seventies, yet paid taxes have only occurred steadily with three of the homes to date.

Ugly Ruins Appear Dark and Diabolical

Over the years, many people have questioned the sudden abandonment of Lincoln Way, and the answers have very from paranormal activity that includes a beast that dwells in the woods that surrounds the residential community from the now barricaded dead-end section of the street and the entire right side of the neighborhood. Lincoln Way at first glance gives the feel of being dark and diabolical. The ugly ruins and debris make the entire neighborhood an eyesore and the perfect location for any red eyed beast to call home. Rumors concerning the abandoned and haunting neighborhood have resulted in many paranormal investigations that have varied results, depending on who you ask.

Billowing Smoke and Toxic Fumes Might Be the Answer to the Abandoned Neighborhood

Coke piles emitting toxic fumes are situated directly across from the neighborhood awaiting workers to load the black solid carbonaceous material into railcars for delivery to the local steel mills, and located catty-corner from the Clairton steel mill on 837, the USS sign can be seen just across the Monongahela River from the entrance of the abandoned neighborhood. Many people speculate that the poor air quality back in the 60s and 70s could have led to declining health in the people and pets who lived so close to the valley's main source of income, making it a no-brainer to put this toxic neighborhood in their rear-view mirror.

Running along 837, just across the street from Lincoln Way, USS Steel's brightly painted green pipe is a constant reminder that the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States is located just up the road. The steel mill has come under fire with the Environmental Protection Agency for violations concerning deadly pollution that posed health risks to local residents. The billowing white smoke coming from the stacks is always a source of concern for the town's people who live nearby even though clean air standards have been met and satisfied the strict requirements of the EPA.

Flickering Lights, Disembodied Footsteps & Unexplained Phenomena

The most recent paranormal investigation in March of 2015 gave mixed signals as to who or what has caused so many families to suddenly leave the place they once called home. Despite nearby 837 being a constant source of traffic, on this night, Lincoln Way was eerily quiet other than a few unexplained noises that emanated from the thick woods, just behind the homes. Unexplained phenomena took center stage as the investigation progressed with flickering street light that continued in a foreboding pattern, snapping on and off as the group advanced closer to one particular house. Once entering the home at 149 Lincoln Way, disembodied footsteps quickly became evident and the temperature dropped 15 degrees when standing in front of the home located directly in the middle of Lincoln Way. The investigators found that the second house located on the right side of the street sent the EMF monitor into a flux of activity that never ended until they completely walked off of the property.

Eerie Silence, Dangerous Sinkholes and Remnants of Days Gone By

What lies awake, lurking in this desolate neighborhood is anyone's guess. Looting and vandalism has added to the deeper elements of what you would expect to see in such extreme conditions where nothing is left except for the exposed remnants of days gone by. The dangerous sinkholes welcome unsuspecting strangers to come in closer for a look at what the deepest depths of hell has in store for them. The silence sits heavily like a weight on your chest, beckoning those who enter the realm of of happy place that exists no more. The dark, eerie silence envelopes Lincoln Way, leaving unanswered questions as to what or who stands behind the deafening madness that drove sixteen families from their homes.

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Beast, Clairton, Coal, Disembodied Footsteps, Epa, Haunted, Lincoln Way, Neighborhood, Residents, Sinkhole, Steel Mill, Toxic

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author avatar Retired
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Being from PA myself, I find this very interesting!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you, Jessica. This neighborhood is less than five miles from my home. Scary thought.

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author avatar Carol Roach
25th Mar 2015 (#)

why don\t they demolish the place and dig up the remains?

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author avatar Sherri Granato
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Not sure, Carol. Maybe the cost. The whole town of Clairton is filled with buildings that need to be demolished. The community is dying off slowly each year. A lack of money is the root of most problematic issues, including this one.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Yikes! Double Yikes! This article is the scariest one of all! Sherri, this is 5 miles from your home? That is just not acceptable. I was scared just reading this. No wonder all the people left.

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author avatar Retired
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Oh damn, I should definitely visit this place one day. Sounds Creepilicious !

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
27th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting. Leaves questions.

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author avatar Bryan Marquess
12th Feb 2017 (#)

Maybe track down a former resident and ask. This is not ancient history. There must be a few left.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2015 (#)

Maybe some from the sixteen families can help explain the mystery. I am far away for sure! Thanks Sherri - siva

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author avatar Ron
16th Aug 2015 (#)

They were terrorist. That lived. There that's y they left everything .behind and never caught

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author avatar Ron
16th Aug 2015 (#)

The school in glassport pa.by dollar General is haunted the children are waiting outside still waiting to be picked up.kids are dressed in 60s clothing try there

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author avatar Mario
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Heading there next weekend with a couple of my buddies. I live in Baldwin-Whitehall PA which is about 5 or 6 miles from Clairton. Hoping to catch a few odd and paranormal experiences. Will report back after!

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author avatar Bruce
26th Apr 2016 (#)

i myself have been intrigued with finding out why it was abandoned.. i live very close by in lincoln place

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author avatar Amanda
10th Jun 2016 (#)

I have been in that area were it is abandon. Before they blocked it off. Its been a little over a year but I was curious bout that area. So me and my husband went up n checked it out. And was there for bout 10mins. And we just looked around but I got an uneasy feeling! Something just wasn't right! So I told my husband let's go we r outta here and never went there again. And tonight I was talking with my cousin that live right up from the VFW their. And she told me bout this. I said no way. And here I am. That's really something

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author avatar Betty
5th Sep 2016 (#)

I was born and raised about 2 miles away from Clairton. It was a great town with a lot to do. Every one for miles around worked at the Clairton mill. After it down sized and many people where out of work. The people relocated and left that area hard hit area.

oftn.

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author avatar Diane
12th Oct 2016 (#)

My boyfriend and I were just there yesterday, Oct. 11, 2016 and yes, they do have yellow police tape across the entrance. Well, we decided to be rebels and go in. It was early in the day and we made it through, but on the way out a cop cruiser drove by going the opposite way and low and behold as we were walking to our car it pulled up beside us. I guess they glance over at the entrance even when driving by to see if anyone is in there. Luckily for us she was a very nice and understanding policewoman and she gave us a warning about going in there because of safety reasons and that if we were minors and not adults she probably would have given us a citation. I did explain to her what I nut I am about this kind of thing and apologized profusely for going in. Let me tell you though, it was worth it. I absolutely LOVED going in there.

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author avatar Athena M
11th Nov 2016 (#)

Has anyone left night vision cameras to catch the red eyes or even to catch a picture of the beast? Very interesting! My brother lives in PA. I'd like to check it out. Has anyone picked up the mail and got names to find anyone to ask why they moved on a hurry? Or the beast is the people who use to live there, lmao. But it definitely has my interest peeked.

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author avatar Sue
3rd Dec 2016 (#)

This didn't happen so long ago that families that left can't be contacted and just asked - WHY did you leave? I don't understand why this is a mystery when surely there are ex homeowners or kids of owners to contact.

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author avatar Heather
22nd Feb 2017 (#)

Only yesterday did i first hear of Lincoln Way. Am now sucking up every piece of info i can find! I too, fail to understand why some of these people or their children are not locatable. There are apparently 3 people still paying their taxes. It would be my first instinct to find these folks and talk to them.

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author avatar Arthur
27th Mar 2017 (#)

I doubt the inhabitants left in a hurry. When people died, noone came to claim the worthless properties. When people lost their jobs, they took what they could and left to find work elsewhere. No point in bringing loads of old furniture if your new appartment doesn't have the room for it... and no point in coming back for it, being all rotten and rusted.
That car looks like it's been broken into and vandalized over the years as well.

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author avatar Spooky
30th Mar 2017 (#)

I agree with Arthur and his explanation. If you use Google Earth and look at that area, the street level images date back to 2007 and there are several houses back in there that were still inhabited and were kept very nice it appears, and a few that appeared lived ion but in poor repair..... Folks died off or tried to sell and couldn't (who would volunteer to live on a street where more than half the houses are abandoned and decaying).....now, some 9 years later the remaining folks have died off and the place has gone to absolute ruin. Would still like to check it out though......

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author avatar Ren
8th Aug 2017 (#)

Has anyone ever tried to follow up on where the families went? People don't just vanish without a trace usually, especially not an entire neighborhood.
Also, if this case is so mysterious was it ever - or why was it ever not - officially investigated? (And I don't mean by paranormal "investigators", lol!)

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