Union and West End Cemetery

The Union and West End Cemetery is located in center city Allentown. The main entrance is on 10th Street at 10th and Chew Streets. The cemetery is mantained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ten board members (also volunteers) serve the cemetery association and manage the finances, make application for grants, solicit donations and participate in the maintenance of the cemetery.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Chew Street Across from Cemetery

The photographs that follow are of residences on Chew Street in the "Old Allentown Historical District" and are situated directly across the street from the Union and West End Cemetery. The photos begin generally at 10th Street and then proceed west toward 12th Street.

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The residents that live in these houses on Chew Street take pride in their community and keep their property and their side of the street looking very nice.

Unfortunately, the cemetery side of the street does not receive the same care and attention. Although the city has placed trash recepticles on post at various locations along this stretch of sidewalk, the transients that walk through from someplace else, going someplace else are not as thoughtful about properly disposing of their trash. With all the other chores that keep the volunteer cemetery staff occupied, it is almost impossible to keep this area outside the cemetery property free from trash and litter.

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