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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 5

The activity at the closed Mount Zion Church dating to the 1800s in Nottingham Township, Pa., has been limited to a few new burials over the past winter at the cemetery to its rear.

But the church property has been encroached from all sides by the modern world.

Across Cracker Jack Road from the church, a Marcellus Shale natural gas underground pipeline has been under construction, requiring the company to stack large bales of hay on the ground, material needed to reclaim the property its scarring.

To the left of the church's facade sits a new fenced-in pad containing machinery needed for the booming gas industry in Washington County.

And older fenced-in yard to the church's right appears to date to a closed coal mining operation.

Trespassers who illegally ride all-terrain vehicles often visit those areas, while the busy Route 136 cuts across the property to the rear of the church, near where that two-lane road intersects with the Mon-Fayette Expressway.

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