The P.J. McArdle Roadway: Past and Present

The P.J. McArdle Roadway: Past and Present

A Brief History Pittsburgh is known for its steep hills and how they provide dramatic perches for overlooking the city. While those hills can be an asset, they can also be an obstacle. During the early 20th   Century, residents began to move from the confines of the Golden Triangle to surrounding neighborhoods such as Mt. Washington. Before the P.J. McArdle Roadway, there were six inclines

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What’s in a Name? – Beaver County

What's in a Name? - Beaver County

Although Pennsylvania’s 20th governor was named James Beaver, Beaver County was not name for him as Beaver County was created in 1800, 37 years before Governor Beaver was born. The county and the county seat took its name from the Beaver River, the 21-mile-long tributary of the Ohio River that flows through the western part of the state. Settlers came to the region in the

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Aldi Quarter Courtesy

Aldi Quarter Courtesy

It happened every day in parking lots all over Pittsburgh, unnoticed except for those involved in the exchange. It took place unbidden or without prompting, and it is what I liked to call the Aldi Quarter Courtesy. I don’t know if this is just a phenomenon in our area or if it happens in all Aldi’s parking lots, but if you don’t know what I’m

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6 Recipes to Make Your Holidays Special

6 Recipes to Make Your Holidays Special

The holiday season is the time to pull out all the stops when celebrating and entertaining. It’s the time to take your culinary ventures to the next level. Whether it be elegant or whimsical, below are some recipe favorites that will help you to do the holidays up right. Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Christmas Wreath You will need 2 packages of Pillsbury Crescent rolls, a cup

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The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

One of the most interesting things about visiting Europe is seeing the fortress cities, towns enclosed inside walls. Pittsburgh doesn’t have that, but the closest we would come to it is the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail complex in downtown Pittsburgh. The buildings on Grant Street are now dwarfed by the skyscrapers that have risen around them. However, back in 1888 when they debuted with

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What’s in a Name? – Armstrong County

What's in a Name? - Armstrong County

Armstrong County was named for Colonel John Armstrong. During the French and Indian War, the area was home to an Indian village that was notorious for launching raids on white settlers in western Pennsylvania, parts of Maryland, and Virginia. Colonel Armstrong led an attack with 300 frontier troops on the Indian village to put down their murderous raids. During what became known as the “Battle

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The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

Since its founding in 1902, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has identified needs in our community and has taken action to address those needs. The organization’s incredible history starts with Emile Terrenoire, who was only three years old in 1902 when he lost both his legs in a train accident. After his release from Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, his widowed mother was unable to care for

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A Journey into Pittsburgh’s Early Years

A Journey into Pittsburgh's Early Years

Pittsburgh is a city that is proud of its heritage. Monuments and buildings are dedicated to its steelworkers, bridges are named after its artists, military, and sports heroes alike. The history is rich and its pride strong. But before the tall buildings overtook the skyline around The Point, or George Washington nearly died attempting to cross the Allegheny River near Washington Crossing Bridge – known

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What’s in a Name? – Fayette County

What's in a Name? - Fayette County

Fayette County was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who fought for independence along with the Americans in the Revolutionary War. The southern border of the county abuts the Mason-Dixon Line, the demarcation that separates Pennsylvania from West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Fayette’s county seat is Uniontown. Below are some of the communities in Fayette County and how they were named. Belle

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Fast Food and Nutrition in America

Fast Food and Nutrition in America

The Big Mac and the banana split were both invented in our area, illustrating how much Pittsburghers have always loved fast food. But does fast food love us? In 2017, the Allegheny County Health Department released data on fast food restaurants in the county. The health department defines fast food as chain restaurants without a liquor license, whether local or national, having one or more

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