The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

Here’s a list of log houses in the Pittsburgh area that you didn’t know you wanted until now. Most of the structures mentioned below are over 200 years old—though many of them have undergone some form of restoration. A brief history of each house is included. You may just learn something new. The Neill (Neal) Log House The Neill Log House is the oldest existing

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Taco Tuesday Review: 202 Hometown Tacos

Taco Tuesday Review: 202 Hometown Tacos

There’s no Tuesday like a Taco Tuesday. So, when we had the opportunity to turn our business meeting into lunch, 202 Hometown Tacos was at the top of our list. Located in Bellevue, 202 Hometown Tacos is a Tex Mex/American style taco shop and bar dedicated to being “that fun & tasty place that continues to be a driving staple” for the community. Taco Tuesday

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What’s in a Name – Indiana County

What’s in a Name – Indiana County

Indiana County takes its name from the Indians who lived in the region as it was purchased from the Iroquois Six Nations in 1768 under the Treaty of Fort Stanwix enacted by Thomas and Richard Penn, the sons of William Penn. Its county seat is also called Indiana. Below are some towns in the county and how they got their names. Armagh Eight families from

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The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

When I was a kid, there was one time when we were going to take my late grandmother to the store to buy a gift for a relative. Grandma was getting advanced in years and having a bit of trouble with her memory. When we asked if she was ready to go, she replied, “Yes, I’ve got my Frank & Seder charge card.” We all

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The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty is named for two hometown legends: Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn. Gene Kelly—singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, and choreographer—is best known for his role in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and many other films. Billy Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger who collaborated with the likes of Duke Ellington. Both called Pittsburgh home during their

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The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

Pittsburgh is the 61st largest city—by population—in the country. By 2015 data, Pittsburgh has a population of approximately 305,000 over 55.5 square miles. When Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough in 1794 it amassed only a half square mile. The City of Pittsburgh has been absorbing municipalities for centuries. However, unlike other cities—such as Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego—city limits have stayed virtually unchanged since

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The Koppers Building

The Koppers Building

Some buildings just ooze style. You don’t have to be an architect to see that the Koppers Building in downtown Pittsburgh has a lot of style. The Koppers Building Built in 1929, the Koppers Building is exemplar of Art Deco style of architecture. It stands at the corner of Grant Street and Seventh Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. At 475 feet tall, with 35 floors, this

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A Summer Sunset From the North Shore

A Summer Sunset From the North Shore

Our Beautiful City at Sunset One of my favorite places to watch the Pittsburgh sunset is on a swath of grass between the Mr. Rogers statue and the Peoples Center building on the North Shore. This spot overlooks the Allegheny River and the fountain at the Point. Saturday evenings in the summer are when I set out my favorite folding chair and take in the

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Best Places to Watch Fireworks in the Burgh

Best Places to Watch Fireworks in the Burgh

Pittsburghers LOVE fireworks. Zambelli Fireworks has been in business here for more than 100 years, making fireworks displays a must-see event. No matter how many times you’ve seen them before. There is really no bad place to catch a fireworks display in the Golden Triangle area, but we have some favorites. As a word of caution, wherever you choose to take in the dazzling display,

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Walking Grandview Avenue

Walking Grandview Avenue

Walking Grandview Avenue is a great way to get to know Pittsburgh while enjoying some mild exercise. The distance from the Monongahela Incline to the end of Grandview Avenue is a little over a mile. In that mostly level trip, you’ll see why beautiful photos of the city are relatively easy to acquire here. As an added bonus, the views are truly magnificent in person!

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