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Pittsburgh Sports and Recreation

The Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage

When the pioneers pressed westward settling the country, some of the greatest obstacles they faced were the Allegheny Mountains.  Although not as steep and foreboding as the Rocky Mountains that settlers would later encounter as the nation grew and expanded, the older, thickly forested Allegheny Mountains of the mid-Atlantic posed problems for explorers, merchants, and homesteaders.  Centuries later, they still are formidable, but you can […]

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Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

You may have seen Pittsburgh on foot, by car, from a boat, from the overlooks on Mt. Washington, or maybe even from a plane when you’ve flown over the city.  But have you ever seen it from a bicycle?  There’s something special about seeing the ‘Burgh from a bike.  Like walking, it brings you up close and personal with the city.  With the wind whipping […]

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

The streets are closed to traffic and music fills the air.  People line the streets cheering. The city puts out the welcome mat. No, a dignitary or the president isn’t visiting.  The hoopla is for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Pittsburgh hosted its first marathon on May 5, 1985. In addition to the marathon, there is a half marathon, a team relay, a kids’ […]

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Shining The Spotlight on Pittsburgh’s Theater Scene

Shining The Spotlight on Pittsburgh's Theater Scene

Pittsburgh has a long and vibrant theatrical history. It is reported that as early as 1765, plays, comedies and concerts were held at Fort Pitt. We’ve come a long way since those days, but Pittsburghers still loves a theatrical production, and the proliferation of theatrical venues is a testament to that. Below is a list of some of the theaters in our area offering entertainment. […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Roberto Clemente (1934 – 1972)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Roberto Clemente (1934 - 1972)

“Anytime you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on this Earth.” – Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh awoke to a big snow storm on New Year’s Day in 1973.  The news that greeted Pittsburghers as they turned on their radios and televisions was unbelievable.  Tragically, their star Pirate baseball player had been taken from them in the […]

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Rainbow Gardens

Rainbow Gardens

Rainbow Gardens opened in 1924 at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Route 48 in White Oak with a roller rink. An impressive pool was constructed in 1926 with a sand beach along three sides of the pool, multiple diving boards, slides, and a two-level bathhouse. In 1968, there was talk about using the land to connect an expressway and the owners, fearing the worst, […]

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Riverview Park

Riverview Park

While not an amusement park by definition, Riverview Park also had attractions that have long been forgotten. After Mary Schenley’s donation of Schenley Park across town, residents of what was then the city of Allegheny collected money to purchase 200 acres of Samuel Watson’s farm in 1884. The city of Allegheny became part of Pittsburgh in 1907, only a few years after the land purchase. […]

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West View Park

West View Park

West View Park was founded by Thomas M. (T.M.) Harton and opened on May 23, 1906. Harton was a Pittsburgh native that owned the T.M. Harton Company, an amusement enterprise. The company had been building amusement rides previous to West View Park and exclusively made the first rides in the park which were a carousel, the Mystic Chute mill ride, and a figure eight rollercoaster. The […]

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White Swan Park

White Swan Park

White Swan Park was located on the border of Moon and Findlay townships near Pittsburgh.  It opened in 1955 with seven rides. The park got its name from the original intention of placing swans in the lake at the park. There never were any actual swans at White Swan Park in its entire history. The park closed in 1989 when it was bought by PennDOT to make room […]

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Exposition Hall – The Point

Exposition Hall - The Point

The Western Pennsylvania Exposition Society formed in 1885. They wanted to create a venue that offered the feel of a county fair, but also rivaled the intrigue of a World’s Fair. They purchased land at the Point along the Allegheny River with a 50-year lease. The Exposition Hall opened in September of 1889 and drove in an average daily attendance of 10,000 during the fall […]

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