The River Islands of Pittsburgh

The River Islands of Pittsburgh

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya. Bermuda, Bahama com on pretty mama. Kelargo montego, baby why don’t we go to Fourteen Mile Island…wait. That’s not how the 1988 song Kokomo by the Beach Boys goes, but we do have islands in the Pittsburgh area, and although they may not be tropical paradises, they have interesting histories. The Allegheny River has the greatest number

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The Johnstown Flood of 1889

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

Nearly a century and a half ago, a catastrophe befell the citizens and visitors of an area in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 has become a tragic slice of American history. The events leave anyone who decides to explore this piece of history astonished by the engineering malpractice that led to the incident and the lack of justice that followed. On May 31,

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What’s in a Name? – Butler County

What's in a Name? - Butler County

Butler County was named for Richard Butler, who was born in Dublin, Ireland. He came to the area in the 1770s and was a trader at Fort Pitt. He also served as a General in the Revolutionary War. Butler County was named for him in 1800 when the county was established as was the city of Butler, the county seat. Below are some of the

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What’s in a Name – Washington County

What's in a Name - Washington County

It’s no surprise who Washington County is named after. It’s named for Revolutionary War General and our first president, George Washington. Formed in 1781, the county is one of the earliest of numerous places named for the father of our country. Its county seat is also called Washington, but locals also know that the place is often referred to as “little Washington.” Below are some

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The Siege of Fort Pitt

The Siege of Fort Pitt

Land has always been valuable and the source of much conflict amongst people, and the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers made this area, and what would later become Pittsburgh, choice real estate and the site of much violence. Initially in the 1740s, when English trader, William Trent, first came to the area and set up a trading post at the headwaters of the

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What’s in a Name – Lawrence County

What's in a Name - Lawrence County

Lawrence County lies to the north and west of Allegheny County, skirting the Ohio state line. The county owes its name to naval ships and officers. The county derives its name from the USS Lawrence, the flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who sailed on this ship during the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The ship was disabled in that battle

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What’s in a Name? – Greene County

What's in a Name? - Greene County

If the counties in Pennsylvania were puzzle pieces, Greene County would be the corner piece that fits into the Southwest right angle of Pennsylvania, bordering West Virginia on the south and Ohio to the east. Greene County was founded in 1796 and named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. Nearly 90% rural, it’s one of the most sparsely populated counties in the state with approximately

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The Underground Railroad in Pittsburgh

The Underground Railroad in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania has played a pivotal role in current events in the United States throughout history. The Commonwealth made vital contributions to America’s independence from Great Britain in the 1700’s and continues to be an important part of history in the 21st century. Most recently, was the 2020 Presidential Election in which PA was a decisive battleground state. In the 19th century, when slavery was still

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Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

On November 22, 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech at The University of Pittsburgh Student Union. His speech concluded with the words, “I still believe in the future. Our goal is freedom, and we’ll get there because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is

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Therese Rocco – A Memoir: Book Review

Therese Rocco - A Memoir: Book Review

The book Therese Rocco- A Memoir is a great read for anyone interested in learning about how Pittsburgh has changed and, in some cases, stayed the same in the years between Therese Rocco getting a job with the City of Pittsburgh in 1948 and retiring as Assistant Police Chief in the mid-90s. In addition, we get a glimpse at her life both before her days

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