“This is not a 5-minute tour, believe me. There’s a lot to see here (at the Darlington Museum Complex, which includes the Beaver County Industrial Museum, the Little Beaver Historical Society and the McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum of Beaver County.)

This skimmer shovel was used by Keystone Drilling, which had a huge plant in Beaver Falls, where the high school is now. They made all sorts of different dirt digging machines and drills for oils and water.

The beam came down and skimmed the road to level it — this was built in 1915. It ran on steam, and it could operate right now. Keystone was very big before the second World War… phased out after that, but I think a lot of people in the county would remember them.”

(Steve Frost of Ellwood City gives tours in the McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum of Beaver County in Darlington during History Weekend. Learn more about the Darlington Museum complex through the Little Beaver Historical Society.)

Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.