Today’s lead image is dated by the source to September of 1951 and contains a view of the “Hays Cross Roads” near Pittsburgh, PA. Perhaps the most interesting automobile in this scene is the 1936 Ford roadster on the far-right hand side of the lead photo and visible in the enlargeable photo (below). From outward appearances, the roadster has had a “hot rod” rake job, and the middle and rear top bows have been lowered by laying them down, and the windshield posts may have been chopped? The rear window in the replacement top is also smaller than the original.
Hays is a neighborhood of Pittsburg located southeast and across the Ohio River from the City. Between the years of 1942 to 1970 the Hays Army Ammunition Plant was active and produced large diameter gun shells. It appears that the Plant building may have survived and if so, it is located south of the intersection of PA Routes 837 and 885 which apparently is the intersection of the “Hays Cross Roads”. If this is the correct location the bridge crossing RT 837 in the second photo (below) is for PA 885. Railroad tracks are also visible in the background which match up with the present day satellite view of the area.
Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph by William J. Gaughan courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Library.