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Notorious Pittsburghers

Notorious Pittsburghers

Pittsburgh is proud of its famous sons and daughters, including William Pitt, Stephen Foster, Andrew Carnegie, Nellie Bly, and Fred Rogers. But like most families, Pittsburgh has had its share of black sheep.  Some of Pittsburgh’s most notorious residents have stories that still fascinate today. Simon Girty You may have heard of the stream called Girty’s Run.  A tributary of the Allegheny River that runs […]

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A Pair of Renaissances Shape Pittsburgh’s Cityscape

A Pair of Renaissances Shape						Pittsburgh's Cityscape

Sad to say, but by the conclusion of World War II Pittsburgh was looking a bit shabby, and corporations found it increasingly difficult to lure talent to the city.  Consequently, many corporations threatened to leave the area.  Fearing an exodus, the city fathers deemed that Pittsburgh needed a facelift or a “renaissance.” Renaissance I To kick off this major urban renewal, later known as Renaissance […]

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A Brief History of Pittsburgh

A Brief History of Pittsburgh

Whether it is the Jordan, Ganges, or Nile, rivers seem to draw people to them.  It is no different in Pittsburgh, where the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers has been luring inhabitants to their banks for centuries. Early History Long before Colonel George Washington’s arrival in 1755 on a surveying mission, Native Americans such as the Shawnee, Seneca, and Lenape were thriving […]

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Military History in Pittsburgh

Military History in Pittsburgh

  Pittsburgh’s military history reaches back to the founding of our nation and beyond.  Before the Revolutionary War, George Washington, “The Father of our Country,” began his military career in Western Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.  In 1758, he and General John Forbes drove the French from Fort Duquesne.  The fate of over half of North America was decided right at the “point,” […]

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Pittsburgh Cemeteries Are Alive with Interesting Histories

Pittsburgh Cemeteries Are Alive with Interesting 						Histories

: Pittsburgh’s cemeteries are both interesting and educational. From the stately beauty of Allegheny Cemetery to the new Green Burial practices of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, there is something to interest everyone.

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Western Pennsylvania’s Long History of Energy Production  

Western Pennsylvania's Long History of Energy 						Production  

  Almost since the nation’s birth, Western Pennsylvania has played an important role in energy production for the country.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, active bituminous coal mines have been in operation in the state since the late 1700s. The first coal mined in PA was taken at Coal Hill on Mount Washington, across the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh.  The coal was […]

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Religion in the Pittsburgh Region

Religion in the Pittsburgh Region

  Religion in Pittsburgh is as intrinsic as the rivers that flow through the terrain. The first documented evidence of religious influence in Pittsburgh dates back to the Native Americans.  When the settlers first arrived here, they found a small hill near what is today Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.  This knoll had been used by local Native Americans as a burial ground.  It is […]

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Pittsburgh’s Historical Skyline

Pittsburgh's Historical Skyline

A city’s skyline is its signature, distinguishing it from every other metropolis.  New York’s with the Chrysler Building and Empire State building cannot be confused with Seattle’s with it’s Space Needle or Chicago’s with its Sears Tower.  Likewise Pittsburgh’s own distinct skyline bears the mark of many who have written on the cityscape we know today. Fort Pitt Blockhouse and the Burke Building Of course, […]

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Pittsburgh’s Renaissance

Pittsburgh's Renaissance

  Whether it’s Extreme Makeover, Oprah, or What Not to Wear, it seems no one can resist a makeover –watching a dud transform into a dazzler.  While the nation has been obsessed by these makeover fantasies, they’ve missed one of the greatest true makeovers of all time:  Pittsburgh’s!   Over the years our hometown has gone from outdated and dilapidated to positively gleaming and trendy. When […]

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Three Rivers Run Through It

Three Rivers Run Through It

If cities were alive, rivers would be their arteries.  Since time immemorial, rivers have been the lifeblood of civilization.  The greatest cities in the world: Rome, London, Paris, Moscow-all are built on rivers.  The area around the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia is known as the “Cradle of Civilization” because it is believed that settled society began there. In Pittsburgh, we owe the existence of […]

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