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Historical markers approved for 21 sites around Pennsylvania |

Historical markers approved for 21 sites around Pennsylvania

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:00 p.m

The familiar landmark of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Croatian Church — with its onion-shaped domes overlooking Route 28 on the North Side — may be gone, but the state is making sure that it is not forgotten.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced Wednesday the approval of historical markers for the St. Nicholas site and 20 others. Two other sites include one commemorating the boyhood home of the late public television host Fred Rogers in Latrobe and Joseph Flannery’s Standard Chemical Co., former home of the first commercial production of radium in the United States, in Oakland.

“It still breaks my heart that the church is gone,” said Susan Petrick, secretary of the Preserve Croatian Heritage Foundation, which nominated the site for the marker and opposed St. Nicholas parish’s decision to demolish the church with the approval of Bishop David A. Zubik. “It does help with the healing process to have the historical marker.”

The 21 cast aluminum, blue markers with gold lettering will join nearly 2,300 on roads and streets around the state.

Howard Pollman, spokesman for the state commission, said the markers are usually installed within a year of their approval. He said the church marker would be installed about 100 feet above Route 28. PennDOT, which is widening the state road, is planning to erect some interpretive panels on the site.

The marker for the demolished chemical company will be installed at the southeast corner of Forbes and Meyran avenues. At one time, the plant produced more than half of the world’s supply of radium.

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or

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