To Bathe, or Not to Bathe: The Marys of McKees Rocks, Part 2

statue of Mary in front of house, next to gas meter
Lovely Mary, meter maid. One of many “bathtub Marys” in greater McKees Rocks/Stowe Township

To bathe, or not to bathe. That is the question.

OK, maybe it’s not much of a quandary for The Orbit‘s corner on both obsessive-compulsive and dirty-minded readers, but let’s accept that many of us (ahem) changed our hygienic standards with the onset of the pandemic. Mary—mother of all mothers, blessed virgin, you know, that Mary—seems to have recalibrated her priorities as well. If the Marys of greater McKees Rocks/Stowe Township are any indication, Mary is already comfortable with her proximity to godliness and content with an almost exact day-on/day-off schedule.

statue of Mary on retaining wall with No Parking signs
No Parking/no bathing Mary

In this electronic publication’s early days—before really digging into the subject—we naively thought Bloomfield held the title as the Mary capitol of Pittsburgh. In addition, South Oakland, Stanton Heights, and Lawrenceville all have sizable Mary populations that have earned their own surveys.

That said, McKees Rocks and Stowe Township—the distinction between the two is completely arbitrary to any outsider—may well lay claim to the greatest house-for-house percentage of Marys in metro Pittsburgh. Little Presston, a Rocks neighborhood of just two streets, had enough Marys to fill a whole story. Greater Sto-Rox has so many Marys—just about 50/50 with and without bathtubs—that we’ll not kid ourselves into thinking we won’t have a third or fourth edition on the topic.

So we’ll leave you to it. Enjoy your Marys with the clean aroma of Mr. Bubble or not and please let us know if you’ve got a Mary of your own or Mary story we should hear.

statue of Mary in front of older house
Mary with sleek modern design bathtub
statue of Mary in front of older house
Classic Mary with weeds
statue of Mary in front of older house
Blue bathtub Mary
statue of Mary in front of older house
Home repair and improvement Mary
statue of Mary in front of older house
Bathtub Mary with gas meter and water can
statue of Mary in front of older house
Mary simple/pedestal Mary
statue of Mary in front of house
Classic bathtub Mary I
statue of Mary in front of older house
Hard day’s night Mary
statue of Mary in front of house
Bas-relief Mary
statue of Mary in front of house with fake flowers
Fall foliage Mary
statue of Mary in front of house
Classic bathtub Mary II
statue of Mary in front of house with pumpkins
Decorative gourd Mary
statue of Mary in front of house
Divine light Mary
statue of Mary in front of house with Halloween decorations
Trick-or-Treat/got-the-munchies Mary
statue of Mary in front of house
Dappled sunlight Mary
statue of Mary in front of older house
Backed-into-a-corner Mary
statue of St. Barbara in front yard of house
NOT Mary! St. Barbara, “patron saint of armorers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners, and others who work with explosives” (Wikipedia). [Thanks to Orbit reader Joan for identifying this one!]
brick structure used to house statue of Mary with statue removed
Empty Mary grotto

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