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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missed one of the greatest true makeovers of all time:  Pittsburgh’s!   Over the years our hometown has gone from outdated and dilapidated to positively gleaming and trendy.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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Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

  Until the late 1700s, other than among Native Americans, there weren’t many women living in Western Pennsylvania.  During that time, this part of the New World was the frontier, and life was hard and dangerous.  In 1758, after Fort Duquesne was captured by the British, the first permanent settlement was established at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the victors renaming the […]

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The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

  Pittsburghers have embraced talismans before.  During the 1966 Pirates baseball season, legendary broadcaster Bob Prince introduced the Green Weenie, a green plastic rattle that was shaped like a hot dog.  When shaken at an opposing team, the Green Weenie was supposed to jinx them.  Eventually, the Green Weenie lost its magic and was replaced by another Prince creation, the babushka.  In 1974, Pirates fans […]

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Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

  Explosions, fires, floods – it sometimes seems as if we are living in cataclysmic times, but if you open a book on the history of Pittsburgh, you’ll find that horrific disasters have happened before. For the most part, they have simply faded from our collective memory. While many are familiar with the Great Chicago fire of 1871 and the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, […]

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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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Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked the Earth

Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked 						the Earth

  When necessary, two disparate individuals can often forge a relationship because of a commonality, be it a mutual cause, a belief, a similar situation, or a character trait. Leadership, and the responsibility that inherently accompanies it, can be one of those binding elements. George Washington and Guyasuta must have recognized the great leadership abilities in one other because these two titans, who crossed paths […]

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