Saturday, October 24, 2015

Travel: Titusville, Pennsylvania

This past week I spent my time in a little old town about 40 miles from lake Erie. Not many people have heard of Titusville, but it has quite a history. It all started when a young man, named Drake Well, was the first successful man to drill oil out of the ground. Essentially, Titusville was the beginning of the modern oil industry. Now, all this was happening around the 1850's and there was a lot of money floating around. Walking down Main street showcases how much wealth the early citizens of Titusville really had by their beautiful homes, one after another, after another. During the towns hay-day, it was said that Titusville had more millionaires per capita than any other town in the United States. 

Towards the end of the 19th century, the oil industry in Titusville began to die down. Luckily, it was quickly replaced by the steal industry until the early half of the 21st century. In fact, my grandfather, who lived in Titusville worked for the steel company for many years. And my father, who was raised here, remembers the steel factory as if it were still there. As the steel business went down and the factory closed it's doors jobs were hard to come by and the population quickly deflated. 

Today Titusville is a very poor region in Pennsylvania, but it's old beauty charm is still peeking out if you take the time to look. As I was walking through the streets with my dad he tells me stories about every house and building in the town. Cousins who lived here and friends who lived there. It's through his stories that I can see clearly what an amazing place it used to be, especially to grow up in. Being born and raised in Southern California I have always enjoyed our family trips to the East Coast where history is so much more vibrant and evident than back home. 

This is the church where my grandparents were married. It's crazy to think that my grandmother, younger than I, got married right in this spot. Sometimes you wish time travel could just exist already! I would love to be there and see what my grandparents were like as youngins.

Jacket: Forever 21
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: H&M
Socks: Handmade, Etsy
Boots: J Shoes

The weather in Titusville is a lovely warm in the day and cool at night. The leaves are such an extraordinary color throughout the town, I do not know how anyone cannot love this time of year. The colors of Fall are basically the essential colors in my closet and I think this outfit matched really well with the backdrop of the season. I am also so excited to be wearing boots again! This pair, which I picked up brand new at the Salvation Army, were my favorite last year. This top, a gift from my lovely sister, has also become my primary travel top. Wearing a shirt with a map on it somehow makes the trip feel more real and exciting!



Vicki said...

I love your world map top! its so awesome. this post is so autumnal its so nice! :) xx

Unknown said...

This sounds like such a cool town to visit. I love that you get to hear all your dad's stories about it. Plus the fall colors are super gorgeous there right now. Wow! I love the map print top, comfy-looking boots, and how the colors in your outfit mirror the fall colors around you. So pretty!

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Mel said...

What a cute outfit! There are some beautiful architecture shots in this post! It's strange to go somewhere with personal history, and to wonder what life was like back when xyz lived somewhere.