About The Fred Yenerall Collection

Fred Yenerall was a normal guy who worked 40 hours a week till he retired. But he had a passion for taking photographs of buildings and nature and bridges. In his spare time he would travel around different states and photograph things with his camera. He didn’t make photography his business, but his hobby.

Fred Yenerall

Fred Yenerall

He would take many pictures of the same thing so that he was sure that he got the perfect shot of it. Then he would get the images back on 35MM slides and then look over each one looking for the best shot of what he was taking.

He would write on each slide from notes he took when taking the photo. Which is how we got all this valuable information about the images that are in his collection.Each slide had information such as names, dates and sometime even the time the picture was taken. There were less than 10 slides that had nothing written on it. Usually these were family photos that we knew who they were.

To date we have scanned over 30,000 slides each logged, and repaired in Adobe Photoshop. The slides were in metal and plastic containers and stored for over 20 years since his death. After the death of his daughter the slides were then passed down through the family and that’s when we decided to share them. It took 3 scanners and over 5 years to do this task. We scanned them in at the highest DPI that was reasonable, since we knew that we would only have one chance to save the images, We still have thousands of photos that need repaired, but they are all scanned and back in storage.  At least they are all digitalized now, and save from slide deterioration.

What is In the Collection:

Covered Bridges. We have bridges that are no longer standing. Bridges that were taken over a span of several years showing improvements, and also bridges that need repaired. Since some of the bridges were taken years ago, road names were changed. Also Bridges were moved from one county to another county. It was a little confusing.

Mills: Mills from all over the place. I didn’t know there were so many mills.

Iron Furnaces: As kids we used to walk through the woods with him to find a pile of stone. But he had them all marked on maps, and knew exactly where to go to find them.  We Still have the old maps that he used and still have the markings.

Wood Churches: Churches were never passed by without taking photos of. He loved Wooden Churches the best. He said they had Character. He also would take pictures of brick churches.

Road Signs: This was one thing that I never understood. When I opened the boxes and found Road signs after all these years, I thought How nice. These signs are no longer really used and it’s interesting to see them.

Log Houses: He was fascinated by log houses, old houses and unique houses.

Octagon Buildings: The architectural layout of these designs were a favorite of his.

One Room Schools: There weren’t many left, but he managed to find them.

Barns: Mail Pouch Barns, Round Barns, Big Barns, Collapsed Barns it didn’t matter. He loved Barns. I think because they always were great photoshots.

Special Events: He didn’t take professional photos at weddings but when the Appalachian Wagon Train or the re-enactments and the rebuilding of Hannastown in Westmoreland County PA was happening, he was there. I have a photo diary of these events.

Misc Things: Cowfolk as Fred called them can be seen in many photos. Yes he actually wrote cowfolk on the slides. He photographed the Dinosaurs exhibit when they came to Greengate Mall in Greensburg PA, the mall itself, car shows at the mall.  He would take pictures of water falls, flowers, and just about anything that caught his eye.

There are many slides that will not be on the website, such as flowers, family photos and misc shots. But I don’t know if he knew it or know when he was taking the photos that he was capturing history. To him it was just a hobby.

Places where you can see his photos:

Lost Bridges A website that is data basing ALL Covered Bridges in the World. If you are looking for a particular bridge, Lost Bridges will have it. They are a work in progress, but list all known bridges.

Indiana County Parks and Recreation. Fred had a paper that was old, typed but had information on about Blairsville Covered Bridge. Indiana County created a pamphlet about that information which can be found here.

Adam’s Roadsign Website. This is an awesome website that has Roadsigns from all over the United States. He has pictures from many states and will update you on new signs, as well as historical signs.

York County Pa Newspaper: You will find an article and photo about one of the bridges that are no longer standing.

Ohio Barns: Great website with many historical photos.

Green County PA tourism A link to the Green County Photos taken by Fred.

Greengate Mall Revisited – Gary has done a wonderful job with this website, If you ever been to Greengate mall, this site will bring back many great memories. It’s a great place to relive the days and memories of GreenGate Mall.

Greensburg’s Main Street. Gary has built another great website this time it’s about Greensburg PA. It has some of Fred’s photos on there, and many other great photos and history of the city of Greensburg.

I was contacted by the Editor of  Pennsylvania Heritage with the
The State Museum of Pennsylvania. They wrote an article on Fred Yenerall, and his work taking photos of the historical sites. It was published in December 2012. I would have never guessed that just by putting up this website that it would touch so many peopleArticle Part 1 article part2

31 Replies

  1. Hi, I’m Gary Nelson, webmaster for Greengate Mall Revisited. I was in awe by the vintage pics of the mall. With permission, I would love to use your pics on my site. Please send me an e-mail at your convenience.

    Gary Nelson

  2. Would like your e-mail address so I can send you some up to date photos……Just looked at your Meiser’s Mill…..I know the lady (Carol Hoffman ) that owns that mill and the East Oriental Bridge..

  3. These are beautiful photos. Thanks Mac for sharing them. It’s great to see the differences between the photos over the years.

    To see how these bridges from the Fred Yenerall Collection Looks today – be sure to check out Mac’s site.

  4. If you every went to Greengate Mall you must go see http://www.greengatemallrevisited.com . It will bring back so many memories. From eating at the GC Murphy’s to the Trains that they had set up at Christmas and Easter for the kids to ride on.

    It’s a great website.
    Thanks for sharing it with us Gary.

    Soon you will see photos from the Fred Yenerall Collection there. and also at some of Mac’s website to show us then and now on the bridges!

  5. Kimberly Oct 8th 2009

    Hello –

    I am hoping that you can tell me something about the Farrar One Room School in Washington County, PA. Do you happen to know the exact location? Any info about it at all?

    Great photos on this site!

  6. I honestly don’t know where it is located, but give me a few days let me see if I can locate it from one of his old maps that he had.

  7. Kimberly Nov 4th 2009

    Hello – Any luck on locating the Farrar School?

  8. Hi, I just wanted to thank you once again for permission to use your photos on my website, Greengate Mall Revisited. The quality of your photos are quite exceptional and the visitors are loving them. I’m currently working on a brand new website to be launched in March called Greensburg’s Main Street Memories. As a historical site, photos are very important and I would love the opportunity to use some of your Greensburg photos with your permission. Feel free to e-mail me at the address provided.

    Gary Nelson

  9. Brenda Werntz Mar 6th 2010

    I’m looking for any photos of the Weaver Mill Schoolhouse, Cook Twp., Westmoreland county. It used to stand on the Weaver Mill Rd. Email at address provided. thank you.
    Brenda Werntz

  10. Sir:

    What a magnificant collection of high quality photo’s.
    I am in the process of writing an historical document of
    the Barns of Southern Maryland, and came across the
    Fred Yenerall Collection.
    As these are copyright photos, I ask your permission
    to use 1 -3 barn photos (Mail Pouch and Round Barn) as
    examples of barns not found in Maryland.
    I do not anticipate this book as a profit making effort, but
    a pure educational documentary- 1634 to 2011.
    Thanks for your consideration of this request.
    J.C. Sharp = Severn, Md.

  11. Linda Kreckel Aug 15th 2010

    I love these old photos of country buildings from long ago.
    Would it be alright to draw and do some watercolor pictures from some of these? I am a watercolor artist and love old barns, farms etc.


  12. What happened to the Ohio covered bridges Fred shot? I haven’t been able to find them in quite awhile. I am interested especially his pictures of bridges either moved or gone. Thank you.

  13. Great photos! I work for the Commissioners office in Westmoreland County and am putting together a power point of the courthouse. Would it be okay to use the night time photo of the dome?

  14. Carl Kotlarchik Apr 8th 2011

    I’m writing a family history and would like to ask your permission to use Fred Yenerall’s picture of the Gem of Egypt Coal Shovel in my work. My father was an electrician on this shovel. Although there are many images of this shovel, the one in your collection is one of the nicest I have found. Gem stands for Giant Excavating Machine.
    Thanks very much.

  15. Vicki Matthews Jun 6th 2011

    Heartfelt thanks for sharing, especially knowing the work and love it took to get these all online. Born and raised in rural PA/MD, I’ve lived in the west now nearly 30 years. When I get homesick to see the hills and valleys of my mid-Atlantic roots, I search for images to “take me back.” This beautiful site gave me a day back “home” and I will probably now be able to visit often!

  16. I am a teacher at Scott County High School and am working on the Chamber website as a student project. May I use the image of the round barn in Scott County in a slideshow. I will be happy to give credit. Thank you so much for sharing these great photos.

  17. Yes you may use his photo. He would have been thrilled to know that others are enjoying his photos.

  18. Jack Best Jun 25th 2011

    Where are the Lancaster County pictures?! I want to see if Fred took any of the Wabank Bridge. Otherwise, awesome.

  19. Thank you for this wonderful collection! I have pleasant memories of several of the covered bridges which have either burned down or been destroyed in the 1972 flood.

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of my childhood and youth!

  20. Brenda Sep 14th 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing these great pictures!!!!

  21. Ray and Sunny Unseitig Sep 10th 2012

    Great stuff, and my favorite subjects. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Teddy Feb 6th 2013

    beautiful collection – was wondering if there was a photograph of a “bridge barn” in Fred might have taken from Pennsylvania, Indiana County in a town called Dilltown?

    i was told it was one of the last remaining bridge barns built. Just curious,

    teddy cochran

  23. Elizabeth Mar 6th 2013

    I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed looking at this fabulous collection. It is great to be able to see these gems of history captured so beautifully. A lot of them are probably lost to time and the elements– I am grateful that such wonderful images were captured and preserved for future generations.

  24. Jim Zufall May 31st 2013

    Judy, I had no idea this site existed. The is awesome! I have memories of sitting in Uncle Fred and Aunt Maryanna’s living room looking at hundreds of slides of mostly covered bridges. As a kid, I’m sure I was bored to tears after about five minutes, but now I realize what a passion your pap had for his hobby. Thanks for the great work! I can’t wait to have the time to really take a close look at the site.
    Thanks again. The picture of Uncle Fred is exactly as I remember him!

    Jim Zufall
    (Bobby’s oldest son)

  25. Tina Collier Jan 3rd 2014

    Judy, do you remember me? I lived in the Round House in Greensburg. You had 2 photos in the old website, I don’t see it in this site. I sent you a realtor listing of one of the other homes in Ligonier. Sorry to say my house was hit by the tornado in 2011. I would love to buy the print. I would love to hear from you. Thanks

  26. Hi,
    I was writing about a childhood visits to the falls in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls in NYS and found this wonderful photo of the falls at Montour online and followed it to you site.
    We don’t have those childhood photos any longer and would love to have your permission to include one of these in my blog.
    please send me an email to let me know. Thank you.
    Warmest regards,
    Rose Ann Penney

  27. Joan Smeltzer Oct 1st 2014

    This site is awesome! I remember sitting in Uncle Fred’s living room watching him going over his slides. Boxes and boxes of slides. What great memories! I remember the license plates in the garage also! Aunt Mary and Uncle Fred’s home was always so warm and welcoming. Their love of history lives on today through your hard work and dedication. A great big thank you!

  28. Matthew Luckey Dec 8th 2014

    I am in the search of a photo you allowed the use of at this website link:


    It is the first one at the top. I believe I am a decentant of Roswell Luther and the rendering of his farm and mill would be a great item to pass on to my other family members and children. I was hoping it would be possible to obtain a full sized file so I could reproduce it for personal use. Any help you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and take care.

    Matthew Luckey- Lynchburg, Virginia

  29. Hello I came across you Site while looking for picture of churches to do a song Family Bible which I recorder in 1964 with some of your Pictures on Facebook at a later date on put it on my web site My web site. You have a great selection of Pictures For your permission Thank You in Advance Jerry

  30. Hello: Several years ago, several of us with common interest in the historic cast iron town name and stream name signs of Pennshlvania came together to form the volunteer, very non-profit, KEYSTONE MARKER TRUST. Our mission is two fold: to document as many of these iconic markers that either still exist or that once did at the towns and waterways of Pennsylvania; and to repair/restore/preserve those that do still remain. We have over 800 of them documented on our website database, many of which we only know about because of photos that Fred Yenerall took many years ago. Thank you, Fred.

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