Pittsburgh Urban Legends

Pittsburgh Urban Legends

Strange Pittsburgh Pittsburgh has its fair share of urban legends about different people, places, and events. Each legend has a few conflicting versions, but some are based on truth. Here we present some of the most famous local legends and uncover the truth behind them. Pittsburgh has a rich history and culture, but do you know about the strange side of the Steel City? Westinghouse

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Pittsburgh Zombies

Pittsburgh Zombies

With the rising popularity of zombies in American culture, many cities are fighting over the title of “Zombie Capital of the World”. There may be no settlement to this dispute, but it’s certain that Pittsburgh has strong roots in zombie pop culture history and remains an important part of what makes Pittsburgh unique. Originally, zombies in film were much different from the zombies of today.

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The Spirits of the Steel Mills

The Spirits of the Steel Mills

J&L Steel Mill, Southside Steel Mill (SouthSide Works) When you’re walking up through Two Shop You’ll know someone is around If you hear a sort of clanking And a hollow moaning sound. For the ghost of Jim Grabowski Who was killed in ’22 Must forever walk through Two Shop Which I will explain to you. Jim fell into a ladle, And they couldn’t find a

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Strange Pittsburgh

Strange Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a rich history and culture, but do you know about the strange side of the Steel City? Westinghouse Atom Smasher Forest Hills is home to the nation’s first Van de Graaf nuclear generator, but many know it as the Westinghouse Atom Smasher. It has stood in Forest Hills since 1937, but hasn’t been active since 1958. The structure stands five stories tall and

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It’s a Family Affair for Pittsburgh Businesses

It's a Family Affair for Pittsburgh Businesses

Ford, Walmart, Hershey, Kohl’s: these large American corporations are household names.  But that wasn’t always the case.  Each of them started out as a small or family-owned business.  Henry Ford founded The Ford Motor Company when he developed methods for manufacturing automobiles.  Sam Walton had one small discount store when he went into business in 1962 in Arkansas.  Milton Hershey began selling caramels before he

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Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

Phipps Conservatory: A Grand Idea

In the late 1800s, traveling any great distance was expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient. Television and radio were yet to be invented and the first primitive cars were just coming on the scene. Manned flight was still years away. For the average person, the chance of ever seeing a cactus or a palm tree outside of a book was only a dream. Yet throughout history, perhaps

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Success on Ice: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux

Success on Ice: Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux

The Pittsburgh Penguins, over the past forty-plus years, have turned themselves into one of the most storied franchises in the history of the National Hockey League.  Today, led by their young captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have proven year after year to be one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, as well as boasting the title of Stanley Cup Champions in 2009. There has been

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Ten Noteworthy Jazz Greats with a Pittsburgh Connection

Ten Noteworthy Jazz Greats with a Pittsburgh Connection

(The History of Pittsburgh Jazz mural by Karen Bognar Khan.)  Learn more about it and other great paintings, drawings, collages, and murals on the website www.ArtAddictPrints.com). Jazz is a purely American art form. No one is quite sure where it first began, but its roots lie in the African American experience of the South at the beginning of the 20th century. Perhaps the reason so many

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Gambling: It’s the Name of the Game

Gambling: It's the Name of the Game

A quick scan of Pittsburgh’s newspaper archives reveals that Pittsburghers have always been fond of gambling, whether legal or not.  Headlines from old issues of The Post-Gazette read like something from Al Capone’s Chicago.  “Police Seize Big Gambling Stronghold” emblazoned the front page of the January 20, 1934 issue.  “Numbers Rackets Gets Set-Back” headlined the January 26, 1942 edition.  The 1942 article details how bookies held

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