Fred Rogers left an indelible mark on generations of fans who watched “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as kids, parents and even grandparents.
The Latrobe native’s popularity endures 15 years after his death and 50 years after the debut of his beloved children’s show on PBS. This year has seen the release of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” 2018’s highest grossing documentary film so far. In the fall “You Are My Friend,” a biopic starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, will begin filming in Pittsburgh. The Senator John Heinz History Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh both have exhibits celebrating the landmark anniversary.
But the best news is a new tribute that will allow anyone to walk in Fred’s shoes, preferably wearing sneakers and a zip-up cardigan, of course. The Pennsylvania Tourism Office organized the Fred Rogers Trail, a three-day itinerary that starts at his birthplace in Latrobe and features associated sites and landmarks in Pittsburgh and neighboring towns.
While many fans will undoubtedly follow the tour faithfully, you can start at any point and create your own route on your schedule.
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