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Pittsburgh Sports and Recreation

White Swan Park

White Swan Park

White Swan Park was located on the border of Moon and Findlay townships near Pittsburgh.  It opened in 1955 with seven rides. The park got its name from the original intention of placing swans in the lake at the park. There never were any actual swans at White Swan Park in its entire history. The park closed in 1989 when it was bought by PennDOT to make room […]

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Exposition Hall – The Point

Exposition Hall - The Point

The Western Pennsylvania Exposition Society formed in 1885. They wanted to create a venue that offered the feel of a county fair, but also rivaled the intrigue of a World’s Fair. They purchased land at the Point along the Allegheny River with a 50-year lease. The Exposition Hall opened in September of 1889 and drove in an average daily attendance of 10,000 during the fall […]

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Fairview Park

Fairview Park

One lesser-known amusement park with a great deal of historical significance is Westmoreland County’s Fairview Park. A group of African-American churches in the greater Pittsburgh area came together in the 1940’s to find an alternative to amusement parks like West View and Kennywood that were “whites-only” at the time. In 1945, they were able to purchase 100 acres in Salem Township (near Delmont) for family […]

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Success on Ice – Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux

Success on Ice - Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux

The Pittsburgh Penguins, over the past forty-plus years, have turned themselves into one of the most storied franchises in the history of the National Hockey League.  Today, led by their young captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have proven year after year to be one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, as well as boasting the title of Stanley Cup Champions in 2009. There has been […]

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Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park

The land that became Kennywood started out as part of a farm owned by Anthony Kenny. The land was known as “Kenny’s Grove” and was a popular picnic spot dating back to the American Civil War. The Monongahela Street Railways Company leased the land from the Kenny family in 1898 to build a trolley park at the end of the streetcar line. Kennywood struggled during […]

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Luna Park

						Luna Park

Luna Park opened in 1905 on the corner of Craig Street and Center Avenue. The park was constructed and owned by Frederick Ingersoll who was from the Pittsburgh area. Ingersoll built the first chain of amusement parks that were known as “Luna Parks”. The Pittsburgh location was the first in the chain out of nearly 50 others. The park operated from 1905 to 1909 and […]

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place   

The Pittsburgh Marathon: 						Competitors Have the Run of the Place   

The streets are closed to traffic and music fills the air.  People line the streets cheering. The city puts out the welcome mat. No, a dignitary or the president isn’t visiting.  The hoopla is for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. On May 5, 1985, Pittsburgh hosted its first marathon, and in 2011, the city hosted the 22nd running of the 26.2 mile foot race.  […]

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Pittsburgh Pirates:  A Charmed Life

Pittsburgh Pirates:  A Charmed Life

For centuries, people have looked to good luck charms to enhance their fortunes.  The ancient Egyptians wore Eye of Horus talismans, the Celts carried rabbits’ feet, and the Druids pocketed four-leaf clovers.  It seems a bit fanciful to believe that necklaces, animal appendages, and common weeds can bring good fortune, but in light of some of the Pirates lucky pieces, they don’t seem all that […]

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Ten Noteworthy Jazz Greats with a Pittsburgh Connection

Ten Noteworthy Jazz Greats with a Pittsburgh Connection

(The History of Pittsburgh Jazz mural by Karen Bognar Khan.)  Learn more about it and other great paintings, drawings, collages, and murals on the website www.ArtAddictPrints.com). Jazz is a purely American art form. No one is quite sure where it first began, but its roots lie in the African American experience of the South at the beginning of the 20th century. Perhaps the reason so many […]

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Pittsburgh Kids – Family Time in the ‘Burgh 

Pittsburgh Kids - Family Time in the 'Burgh 

Remember when you dreamed of having a family with little ones running about?  Well, now that the dream has come true, it is your duty not only to love, clothe, and feed them, but have a little fun with them in the process.  Keep in mind, these years pass by quickly so take lots of pictures and enjoy each and every day!  Believe it or […]

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