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Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

The Frick Building, Frick Park, Frick Fine Arts Building, the Frick Environmental Center—industrialist Henry Clay Frick certainly left his mark on Pittsburgh, but some may consider that mark to be more of a black eye. Frick is probably the most controversial businessman ever to operate in Pittsburgh. Even he acknowledged his unscrupulous nature, when former partner and then enemy, Andrew Carnegie, on his deathbed, asked

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George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

By: Janice Lane Palko There were zombie movies before George Romero made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, but none of them had the impact that this independent horror film had. A low-budget flick with a price tag of $114,000, Night of the Living Dead premiered to a less than stellar reception. Vince Canby, The New York Times movie reviewer, described his

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in Western Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most renowned architect, was not born in Pittsburgh, but he certainly put his stamp on our area with three Wright-designed masterpieces. Wright was a man of great contrast: his architectural designs reflected order and harmony, while his personal life was marked by chaos and discord. Formative Years Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867, to William Wright,

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St. Anthony Chapel

St. Anthony Chapel

“I once remarked while giving a tour, that we’ve had visitors from every continent except for Antarctica. Then I saw a hand shoot up in the crowd and a man said, ‘I’ve lived in Antarctica, so you’re going to have to change that,’” said Carole Brueckner, chairperson of St. Anthony Chapel. Located on Troy Hill overlooking the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, St. Anthony

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The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh's Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Is there such a thing as a city treasure, and if so, does Pittsburgh have one? The Duquesne Incline a Pittsburgh Treasure Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh like the Block House, (http://popularpittsburgh.com/fort-pitt-blockhouse/) the Cathedral of

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The Mystery of the B-25 Bomber

The Mystery of the B-25 Bomber

You don’t hear about it as often these days, but a few decades ago, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and the peril it posed to travelers was quite the hot topic. While Pittsburghers may have been intrigued about the legendary area off the coast of Florida where ships and planes inexplicably disappeared, many may not have realized that we may have our own Bermuda

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David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor

David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh's Renaissance Mayor

For those born after 1960, the name David L. Lawrence may mean nothing more than the it being the formal title of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, but the man behind this name is one of the most important figures in the city’s history and quite possibly its best mayor. If it weren’t for Lawrence, Pittsburgh would be a whole lot different today. Who

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Gulf Tower History

Gulf Tower History

The Gulf Tower was originally built as the headquarters for the Gulf Oil Company in 1932. It is located at 707 Grant Street downtown. The tower was built on the same location as the first oil refinery in the United States. Samuel M. Kier had built a refinery along Seventh Avenue that helped develop the petroleum industry. The tower was designed by Trowbridge & Livingston

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The Times They Are-A-Changing for Pittsburgh

The Times They Are-A-Changing for Pittsburgh

Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.                                                                                      

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter: North America’s Oldest Site of Human Habitation

Meadowcroft Rockshelter: North America’s Oldest Site of Human Habitation

The story alone of how Meadowcroft was discovered is the stuff that makes for good folktales or points to the hand of Divine Providence. On November 12, 1955, Albert Miller, a farmer and history buff, was out hiking through his land, which included a high cliffside alcove shielded by a rock overhang somewhat like a stone awning. There he saw a groundhog dip into a

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