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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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What’s in an H?

What's in an H?

  What’s in a name?  Well, if it’s Pittsburgh, then it’s an ‘h.’  If you’ve never noticed, Pittsburgh spells its name with an ‘h’ at the end.  Of the many other Pittsburgs in the USA, including some 20 towns in New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Kansas, California, and Texas, all spell their name without the ending ‘h.’ ‘The Artist formerly Known as Prince’ isn’t the only […]

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Pittsburgh’s Marcellus Shale 

Pittsburgh's Marcellus Shale 

Marcellus Shale – you’ve probably heard the name bandied about on the news.  So who or what is Marcellus Shale?  Well, it’s not a character from the Flintstones or the name of a Motown singer.  Instead, Marcellus Shale is an enormous formation of sedimentary rock that spans the Appalachian Basin, running through areas in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland in the south and with larger […]

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