The PHCA's Halloween Haunted Trail event, Saturday, October 29

A hundred and fifty years ago, West Penn Park was the site of a hospital that treated soldiers wounded in the battles of the Civil War.  The trail along the wooded hillside is now haunted by their spirits.  We invite you to visit them with us.

The PHCA is excited to be presenting our Haunted Trail event again this year.  The  event starts with activities for kids 10 and under from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the PHCA office (3060 Brereton Street).  The haunted trail opens at 6:00 pm.m and goes until 8 p.m..  Come up to the parking lot at West Penn Recreation Center and a guide will lead you to the trail.  It’s all free for Polish Hill residents, and we hope to see you there.

There’s been some confusion about the date of the event.  The PHCA was working with West Penn Recreation Center do a joint event, but they decided to do their haunted trail on Friday the 28th instead.  So there will be events on Friday (West Penn) and Saturday (PHCA), and the experience will be different each evening.  For more information about the West Penn event, call 412.622.7353.

For information about the PHCA’s event, call us at 412.681.1950, or email

(Top photo:  The original West Penn Hospital, which was located on the site what is now West Penn Park, at 3oth and Brereton Streets.  Bottom left: William Wilkins, an upstanding citizen of Pittsburgh who helped establish the hospital, photographed by Matthew Brady in 1860.  Right photo:  a ward in the hospital.  All photos from Western Pennsylvania Hospital:  The People of Progress)