Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

Explosions, fires, floods: it sometimes seems as if we are living in cataclysmic times, but if you open a book on the history of Pittsburgh, you’ll find that horrific disasters have happened before. For the most part, they have simply faded from our collective memory. While many are familiar with the Great Chicago fire of 1871 and the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, few are

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Three Rivers Run Through It

Three Rivers Run Through It

If cities were alive, rivers would be their arteries. Since time immemorial, rivers have been the lifeblood of civilization. The greatest cities in the world are all built on rivers. The area around the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia is known as the “Cradle of Civilization” because it is believed that settled society began there. In Pittsburgh, we owe the existence of our own city

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Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked the Earth

Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked the Earth

When necessary, two disparate individuals can often forge a relationship based on a commonality, be it a mutual cause, a belief, a similar situation, or a character trait. Leadership, and the responsibility that inherently accompanies it, can be one of those binding elements. George Washington and Guyasuta must have recognized great leadership abilities in one other because these two titans, who crossed paths in southwestern

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What’s in an H?

What's in an H?

What’s in a name?  Well, if it’s our Pittsburgh, then it’s an ‘h’.  Of the many other Pittsburgs in the USA, including some 20 towns in New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Kansas, California, and Texas, all spell their name without the ending ‘h.’ ‘The Artist formerly Known as Prince’ wasn’t the only one whose name has caused confusion.  While residents are well aware that the city

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Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

Until the late 1700s, there weren’t many women living in Western Pennsylvania other than the Native Americans.  During that time, this part of the New World was the frontier, and life was hard and dangerous.  The first permanent settlement was established at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in 1758, after Fort Duquesne was captured and renamed Fort Pitt by the British.  Other

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Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

When immigrants came to the United States, it was common for them to name the places where they settled after their native land. That’s why we have places called New England, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, etc. Not only were regions and states named in such a manner, but there are also numerous towns, villages, and cities with names reflecting the areas from where

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Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

As everyone knows, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 in search of a passage to India.  Instead, he found the Americas.  More than 500 years later we have a slightly different scenario: many Indians are leaving the subcontinent and discovering Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh area in the past has experienced waves of immigration; many came to the region seeking a better future in America than

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Witamy! Pittsburgh’s Polish Power  

Witamy! Pittsburgh's Polish Power  

Copernicus, Chopin, Pope John Paul II: these are just a few of the myriad Polish notables who have left their marks on history. Although these Polish luminaries resided in Europe, when the Polish came to Pittsburgh, they did not leave their remarkable culture behind. The list of accomplishments by Americans of Polish ancestry is as long as some of the consonant-crammed surnames they bear. Witamy

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Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

If you’ve lived in Pittsburgh for any length of time, you’ve probably met someone of Ukrainian descent. Or maybe you are Ukrainian yourself. For those who are not Ukrainian, you may not know much about this nationality group and the country from which they hail. This is not surprising since for centuries, Ukrainians have been valiantly trying to hold on to their country, independence, and

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Cultural District

Cultural District

We have much to offer its residents and visitors.  Our cityscape rises majestically from the point of three rivers, impressive with its glittering towers and webbing of bridges.  The downtown area is filled with restaurants, shops, hotels, and public parks.  The old feel of an industrial city has almost vanished.  Today Pittsburgh is not only a busy corporate center and leader in high-tech industries, but

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