The Hot Dog Place Under the Bridge in Brownsville
Having lunched there myself, oh, about 20 years ago, I asked, "Is Fiddle's still open?" and that somebody said, "Of course."
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#1 Jan 17, 2014
Oh gosh, Fiddles can't close! That is a big part of Brownsville history. I was born and raised in Brownsville. Every time I go home that is the first place we go. Our kids and grand kids know Fiddles.
#2 Jan 18, 2014
I too, was born & raised in Brownsville. My parents still live there.
During late 60's-70's I remember walking over the bridge from West Brownsville to "Downtown" Brownsville. Always stopping at Fiddle's for french fries w/ lots of ketchup & a delicious vanilla or cherry coke.
My father is a 4th generation resident of Brownsville. Of course people from West Brownsville despite being in Washington county,(Brownsville is in Fayette county) consider themselves from Brownsville. Same school district too.
I happen to love history. Never heard of the history of Fiddle's, besides my father telling me about carving his initials in one of the booths.
I've of course seen the video Rich Sebak produced about Brownsville in the early days. I am old enough to remember when it was a bustling small town. Witnessing the start of the downhill slide in the late seventies, has stoked my nostalgia for my hometown.
Looking forward to Rich Sebak's next production!
#3 Jan 30, 2014
The good ol' days depend on when you were in high school . Brownsville went into a second Great Depression after the automobile eliminated the public transportation system that served Brownsville from 1908 to 1950.
People could drive to places with free parking and plenty of it. The mall concept put mom and pop out of business.
Changing times. When the steel industry left Pittsburgh, the coking ovens closed and the mines closed. The decline began long before the 1970s. Anyone who believes the 1970s started the fall has no real knowledge of a vital Brownsville. Maybe I don't either? Look at the buildings that are still standing and those that have fallen to the wrecking ball, When were they built? Why? Did either of us ever see a building like this go up?
Go back thru the discussions. I have written about this subject in the past. I think Brownsville peaked about 1948. But maybe it was 1930?
The town needed no "revitalization programs" before 1930. Big money flowed in. Money talks. It has a story to tell about rising and falling. What is it talking about now?
#4 Feb 7, 2014
This place was a Norman Rockwell painting to grow up in, where everybody knew everybody and the diversity that NPR and it's ilk think that America should be ,was here long before that term became so PC and cliche.
There were Italians,Poles ,Croats,Syrians,Irish,blacks and a ton of different religions.
We all for the most part,all got along.
The collapse of manufacturing due to US economic policy was the main culprit for the desolation of this area.
Hopefully ,the gas boom will bring back some of the glory days to the area once again.
#5 Dec 29, 2015
An addendum to Susan's remarks on the booths carvings by many of us oldtimers who had our initials, & the initials of our then "flames" placed there at the time we lived our youth, confirming our & the history of Fiddle's, then how could ANYONE forget all the wadded old chewing gum stuck, & still remaining, under the booth tables giving testimony to the many years of that old popular hangout in our home town.
#6 Sep 29, 2017
I still go to Fiddle's. It's not closed. Still the same.
#7 Nov 29, 2017
I still go there great fries.still trying to remember where I carved my name
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