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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1794 to 1840

The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 						 1794 to 1840

The Chief Burgesses George Robinson (1794-1800) – First of the Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. George, it seems, had a run in with the law when he was arrested by General Irvine’s troops, under the direction of President George Washington, for rebel […]

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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1840 to 1946

The Mayors of Pittsburgh:						 1840 to 1946

1840 to 1860 William W. Irwin (1840-1841) – Whig William Irwin had a favorite mode of transportation when he was a boy – a pony.  He acquired the nickname “pony Irwin” because he rode his pony wherever he went.   When Irwin was elected mayor of Pittsburgh in 1840, he focused on expanding the Pittsburgh’s infrastructure as well as city government.  The region was growing rapidly […]

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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1946 to 2014

The Mayors of Pittsburgh:						 1946 to 2014

David L. Lawrence (1946 – 1959) – Democrat In 1945, David L. Lawrence, an Irish Catholic Democrat, was elected mayor of Pittsburgh by a slim margin.  At the time, Pittsburgh was not a pretty place.  The smog was so thick that it was not unusual for men to change their white dress shirts in the middle of the day because they would become dirty from […]

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Pittsburgh’s Dark History

Pittsburgh's Dark History

Pittsburgh, the “Smoky City” Pittsburgh was once known as the “Smoky City” or “Hell With the Lid Off” due to the overwhelming befouled conditions that plagued it for over a century. Its geographic location and natural resource endowments made it an ideal home for the industries that inevitably created the pollution problem. The city’s dark past has been described as a cautionary tale for cities […]

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The Fort Pitt Blockhouse

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse

George Washington visited the area in 1753 and found the land at the Point to be an ideal place for a fort. At this time, Marquis Duquesne, the governor of Canada was planning to seize the Ohio Valley for the French. He planned to construct a fort at the Point. Washington and the English retaliated. Captain William Trent arrived at the Point in 1754 and […]

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H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh

H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh

H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh The Heinz factory was famous for its cleanliness, in fact, Henry insisted upon it throughout the entire plant.  Women were supplied with uniforms and there were showers and changing rooms for both males and females on the premises for the employees to use.  The “factory tour” was invented by Heinz himself in 1899 so that people who wanted to watch […]

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H.J. Heinz – A Pittsburgh Legacy

H.J. Heinz - A Pittsburgh Legacy

H.J. Heinz – A Pittsburgh Legacy Henry John Heinz left a considerable legacy in the city of Pittsburgh. Henry John was the oldest of eight children born to German immigrants. He was a hard working businessman that started a business it into a multimillion dollar enterprise based in Pittsburgh. In honor of Henry’s wife, Sarah, the Sarah Heinz House was built in 1913. This was […]

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H.J. Heinz – Marketing

H.J. Heinz - Marketing

Heinz – A Pittsburgh Marketer Ahead of His Time Heinz was a brilliant marketer and was always thinking of ways to promote his company and its products.  He introduced the “pickle charm” to the world in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair.  That pickle charm evolved in his famous “pickle pin.”  At that fair Henry was not happy to have his company’s exhibit on the […]

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Heinz Ketchup – The Taste Loved “Round the World”

Heinz Ketchup - The Taste Loved "Round the World"

It’s enhanced more hamburger than Hamburger Helper. With French fries it has formed as perfect a union as peanut butter and chocolate, and it’s made your mother-in-law’s meatloaf edible. What is this marvelous, miraculous substance? Why, it’s none other than Heinz Ketchup-the taste loved ’round the world. Pittsburgh’s Henry J. Heinz Henry J. Heinz, the son of German immigrants, Frederick and Margaretta (Schmit) Heinz, was […]

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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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