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Livermore Poster

I was inspired to make this mixed together image by a little town (or what’s left of it) called Livermore. There are lots of stories that float around about this place and all of them have their own little twist that makes them irresistible to read. In this image I created there is one of the bridges, a train to represent the ghost train that can still sometimes be heard and seen traveling the tracks and the hand, reaching up as if it was drowning. Here’s a little bit of folklore if you’re not to familiar with this area of Pennsylvania. It’s an abandoned town that was located next to the Conemaugh River, in Westmoreland County between Blairsville and Saltsburg. Established in 1827, this town was in a pretty good place. That was until in 1936, when a huge flood hit the area submerging the town under 18 feet of water. It sadly claimed about 80 lives and cost the region over $500 million dollars. And back then that was A LOT of money. Now supposedly between 1936 and 1938 the Army Corps decided that they should just relocated the remaining residents and flood the town so that they could build a dam to save the valleys nearby. But not everyone believes that to be true. There are some really great urban legends that surround this little town. Some about how the town was cursed and a witch or witches were responsible for the great flood. The cemetery was apparently relocated to higher ground and some believe that the spirits are not happy with this. The whole area is haunted – ghost trains – strange fog – howling spirits – and much more. I’ve been there myself and out of all the pictures I’ve seen of the area, it doesn’t compare to how it really feels being there. There is such an unsettled energy that comes over you as you peer out over the water.