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The History of Light Up Night in Pittsburgh: Light Up Night Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary

The History of Light Up Night in Pittsburgh: Light Up Night Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary

At more than five decades old, Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night is looking more beautiful and luminous than ever. This year, Light Up Night celebrates its 55th birthday on Friday, November 20, with its customary tree-lighting ceremonies and fireworks that kick off the holiday season. Light Up Night wasn’t always held in winter in honor of the Christmas season, and technically, it isn’t really 55 years […]

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Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage

Pittsburgh's Whiskey Heritage

The people who came to this area and settled Western Pennsylvania were a resourceful lot, making use of everything at their disposal and wasting nothing.  Those characteristics are still present in residents here today. The first settlers in this area faced a savage wilderness.  They were isolated; Indians were often hostile; and their lives depended upon scratching out an existence from the untamed land.  Most of […]

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History of Riots in Pittsburgh

History of Riots in Pittsburgh

The dictionary defines a riot as a “violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.”  Riots start for different reasons. Pittsburgh’s first riot occurred in 1794.  Unfortunately, it was not the last riot to be seen in Southwest Pennsylvania. Whiskey Rebellion After the Revolutionary War, the newly formed United States government was deeply in debt.  At the urging of the Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, […]

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The Wearin’ of the Boots

The Wearin' of the Boots

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks. Green beer. Parades. Rubber boots. For Floyd Hughes, my late grandfather, St. Patrick’s Day always reminded him of rubber boots. In March 1936, Pup-Pup, as his grandchild and great-grandchildren called him, was a 21-year-old shipping clerk for Eastman Kodak in Pittsburgh. He began his career at the 606 Wood St. location seven years earlier at the tender age of 14, […]

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Pittsburgh Notables

Pittsburgh Notables

The Pittsburgh region has produced some of the most notable names in history, sports, and entertainment.  Hailing from Pittsburgh are not only famous industrialists and philanthropists, but writers, athletes, artists, actors, and inventors. There are many Pittsburghers you know, from Mr. Rogers and George Romero to Andy Warhol and Perry Como, but many you may be less familiar with or even surprised to find they […]

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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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