As a side, the owner of the company, hired a firm to design a town for all of his employees, as a way to keep his non-union steel workers loyal and productive and that model town became known as Vandergrift. That's a pretty interesting story in itself
But it's true, Apollo, PA is a palindrome....spelled the same frontwards and backwards! Something new I learned on my little journey.
Nellie's journalism focused on women's rights issues, exposed abuses in politics, employment practices, and negligent hospitals and prisons. She actually went undercover as an insane woman to get into a lunatic asylum and get the scoop first hand and exposing the terrible conditions. And she was young at the time..eventually married a man who was 72 when she was 30, and retired for a while until his death. Then she traveled abroad and became the first woman in WW1 to depict war news on the front. Amazing...and here we have Diane Sawyer and many other women, and don't really give it another thought. Nellie Bly, Nellie Bly, you go girl!
"Nelly Bly, Nelly Bly....bring de broom along...we'll sweep de kitchen clean,
my dear, and hab a little song...."
A pretty amazing woman.... oh, and as an aside...as a child, she had quite an unusual nickname in those days because of how her mother dressed her, instead of the drab grays and calico's, her mother dressed her for success in pink starched dresses, ......and she shared the nickname of a current "radical" pop star and fellow Pennsylvanian, Alecia Moore, also known as...
but Nellie Bly was the first....
So, therein was my trip to Apollo, PA, the Palindrome of Western PA.
I saw a sign that read "Peace on the open road," so may your travels be peaceful.