History

June 7, 2017
The Pittsburgh Area’s Water Supply
We simply turn the faucet and water flows out. We are so accustomed to having fresh, clean water that we rarely think about where our water […]
August 18, 2016
Gulf Tower History
The Gulf Tower was originally built as the headquarters for the Gulf Oil Company in 1932. It is located at 707 Grant Street downtown. Originally that […]
July 8, 2016
Meadowcroft Rockshelter: North America’s Oldest Site of Humans
The story of how Meadowcroft was discovered is the stuff that makes for good folktales. On November 12, 1955, Albert Miller, a farmer and history buff, […]
July 7, 2016
Murder and Misery in McKees Rocks
In the late 1890s, local legend has it, a young boy named James Westwood was playing with his friends on a large hill in the Flats […]
June 10, 2016
Constables and Pittsburgh
You’ve probably heard the term constable before, but do you know exactly what a constable is and what one does? Unless, you’ve had a run in […]
May 12, 2016
The Birthplace of Mixed Martial Arts Matches
Since ancient times, men have been debating and fighting over who is the toughest guy around. In 1979, that age-old question was posed by two Pittsburgh […]
February 25, 2016
Pittsburgh’s Black History Comes into Focus  
: Pittsburgh's cemeteries are both interesting and educational. From the stately beauty of Allegheny Cemetery to the new Green Burial practices of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, there is something to interest everyone.
January 10, 2016
Pittsburgh’s City Steps
Pittsburgh is a city like no other for many reasons; one of which is our terrain. Our hilly—and in some cases mountainous—peaks as well as our […]
August 27, 2015
Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage
The people who settled Western Pennsylvania were a resourceful lot. They made use of everything at their disposal and wasted nothing.  Those characteristics are still present […]
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