The Best of Somerset County

The Best of Somerset County

Somerset County is located to the southeast of Pittsburgh, and its southern edge borders Maryland. Its county seat is also called Somerset and the names derives from Somersetshire, England. Primarily a rural, agricultural county, it is known for its beautiful rolling farmlands and mountain peaks. The county is home to the highest point in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis, at 3,213 feet above sea level. Two recent

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The Rotunda

The Rotunda

The Rotunda at The Pennsylvanian on downtown Pittsburgh’s Liberty Avenue is so magnificent. It’s difficult to imagine that such a beautiful landmark was nearly demolished. A Beautiful Gateway Pittsburgh was the original “Gateway to the West” long before St. Louis claimed the title. Our rivers made us the embarkation point for those heading to the unsettled land west of the area. With the advent of

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What’s in a Name? – Cambria County

What's in a Name? - Cambria County

“Cambria” is the Latinized term for the what the people of ancient Wales called their country Cymru. Cambria County shares that name perhaps because, like Wales, it has abundant coal. There are many other towns and communities in the county with interesting names. Here is a sampling: Carrolltown This community was named in honor of the United States’ first Roman Catholic Bishop, John Carroll, who

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What’s in a Name? – Westmoreland County

What’s in a Name? - Westmoreland County

We live, work, worship, and play here, but do we know how some of the towns, boroughs, and municipalities around us acquired their names? Some are obvious, having derived from descriptions of geographical or features found in that area. But what about those other places? How did they get their names? Some were named after people. Who were they? And why did they merit having

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Activities for Quarantine

Activities for Quarantine

Staying home is a new concept for many extroverts, especially when they weren’t planning on having to stay home for a long duration. Luckily, there are many local businesses offering solutions during life in the time of COVID-19. Whether you’re looking for a way to entertain your children while school is canceled or wanting to help support a local business, we’ve compiled a list of

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Driving Tours in the Pittsburgh Area

Driving Tours in the Pittsburgh Area

Back in the day, people used to take a Sunday drive to relax and get a change of scenery. If you are looking to expand your horizon, below are some driving tours that you can take to explore the area. Some are confined to city while others involve a bit more time in the car. With the help of GPS, you can simply search for

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Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours

Check out these great virtual tours for Pittsburgh locations and all around the world! Pittsburgh Tours Carnegie Museums From Home Carnegie Science Center – Something to Read; Something to Watch; Something to Do Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium -Bringing the Zoo to You National Aviary – Pitt Peregrine Falcon Nest Cam The Westmoreland Museum of Art – Museum From Home The Frick Pittsburgh – Virtual

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What’s in a Name? – Allegheny County

What’s in a Name? – Allegheny County

We live, work, worship, and play here, but do we know how some of the towns, boroughs, and municipalities around us acquired their names? Some are obvious, having derived from descriptions of geographical or features found in that area. For instance, Oakland is reported to have gotten that name because of the numerous oak trees found there. The North Shore received that appellation because it

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100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

Pittsburgh is rich in history. From the ancient oaks that line the streets of its old steel mill towns to the Revolutionary War landmarks; there is much for Pittsburghers to take pride in. This past week, one of Pittsburgh’s smaller-scale historic attractions reopened for its 100th season at the Carnegie Science Center. The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village reopened on November 21st with

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Explore the Mummies of the World

Explore the Mummies of the World

When mummies are mentioned, images of Egypt or classic horror films with Boris Karloff tend to come to mind. It is true, Egypt had mummies, but what many don’t know is that South America had them 9,000 years before the Egyptians. The Carnegie Science Center’s Mummies of the World: The Exhibition expands the horizon on mummies and shows that mummification practices have spanned the globe

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