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Pittsburgh History

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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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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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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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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