EL Monday Beneath Akron’s Famous Twin Spires

The twin spires of St. Bernard Catholic Church in downtown Akron are among the most photographs icons in town.

Countless photographs made over the decades of Erie, Baltimore & Ohio, and Pennsylvania Railroad trains featured those spires in the background because of their location near the tracks and Akron Union Depot.

The original St. Bernard’s was built in 1861 on the site now occupied by the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. Construction of the current church at 44 University Avenue began in 1902.

Imagine all the trains that those spires have seen in the past century.

That would have included EMD F3A No.  8031 leading an eastbound in Akron in 1968.

This locomotive was built in July 1947 for the Erie Railroad, so it must have seen these spires a lot over the years of its service life.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

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