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Zelienople, PA by Kelly Scott

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Kelly Scott Kelly Scott
Explore score
0.86 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 06, 2010
Date taken
Apr 01, 2010

The first thing out-of-towners ask about Zelienople is how do you say it? Many will say Zel-i-en-ople. But to locals know the Butler County town is pronounced Zili-en-ople or just plain “Zilly”.

If you drive north of Pittsburgh through Cranberry twp. on route 19 you’ll end up on this welcoming main street in Zilly. Locals and visitors from neighboring boroughs alike frequently visit Zelie places like the Kaufman house or Nino's. The streets are especially filled during town events like Horse Trading Days and the Fourth of July parade. It’s a quaint town with a lot of character.

“I have enjoyed the small town environment which Zelienople has, the closeness of the neighborhood and neighbors,” said Britt Schmidtke, Senior at Malone University, “It’s a great town to grow up in!”

Zelienople, named after Zelie, the daughter of the town’s founder Baron Frederick William Dettmar Basse, was originally called “The Creek Meadows.” Basse founded the town in 1803 on part of his ten thousand acres of land that he purchased from the Philadelphia Land Company. 

Among the many historical sites in this small town is the Kaufman House. According to their web site, sometime before 1810, Andrew McLure built a tavern and post office on the current site of the restaurant. Over the years to come it was bought and used by many different owners as a hotel or tavern. The current building was constructed after the original building was completely destroyed in a fire on December 27 th, 1902. Then in July of 1924, when E.F. Kaufman bought it and remolded the building, it became one of the most popular hotels in the area. The Kaufman Hotel was renamed “The Kaufman House” when Ken and Marjorie Pilarski purchased it from William J. Thomas in 1974. Today, it features large dining rooms, a coffee shop, lounge and an upstairs banquet room available for events. 

Another historical establishment just down the street from the Kaufman house is The Strand Theater. It was originally not only a theater but also a fruit market. The owners Gioachino and Rosalia Sapienza built it in 1914, as stated on The Strand’s web site. In those days they showed silent films accompanied by live piano playing. However, as multiplex cinemas came to the area and increasing technology like VCR’s became available, The Strand could no longer survive. It was up for grabs after the early 1980’s when it was closed. Yet even though many uses for the building were discussed such as a dance school, mini-mall and even an FBI field office, no one could afford restoring the building. 

Thankfully, the non-profit corporation, The Strand Theater Initiative, was created to save the establishment. Through the support of foundations and private finances along with the generosity of the people of Zelienople, this organization has been able to renovate the theater providing entertainment like films and live performances. They even brought back some silent films with piano accompaniment. However, this is only the first phase of renovation and they are still in need of more financial support to restore the theater to its original glory and provide more opportunities for live events. A calendar of events and opportunities to give are located on The Strand’s web site. 

These are just two examples of the historical atmosphere that the small town of Zelienople has to offer. This street is also the location of many town traditions like the annual Horse Trading Days, a weekend of crafts, food, and entertainment, which is celebrating its 47th year this July.

The people of Zelienople embrace the importance of tradition and history by ensuring that these historical sites live on, whether it’s by keeping them intact just as they were so many years ago or renovating them into something new. I think it’s safe to say that people will be enjoying the charm of the Kaufman House and the new entertainment at The Strand for many years to come.

Right down the street from Zelie is the small town of Harmony. Here is the link to my Harmony Gigapan

Also down the street from Zelie is Ellwood City

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 861 megapixels (65459 x 13162 pixels)
Input images: 132 (22 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 118.7 degrees wide by 23.9 degrees high (top=14.6, bottom=-9.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-04-01 12:35:50 - 2010-04-01 12:46:41
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 10.2 to 20.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 17.9 to 20.1 percent
Computer stats: 8192 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 47:32 (0:21 per picture)
Alignment: 4:37, Projection: 6:23, Blending: 36:32

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