H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh

H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh

H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh The Heinz factory was famous for its cleanliness.  In fact, Henry insisted upon it throughout the entire plant.  Women were supplied with uniforms and there were showers and changing rooms for both males and females on the premises for the employees to use.  The “factory tour” was invented by Heinz himself in 1899 so that people who wanted to watch

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H.J. Heinz: A Pittsburgh Legacy

H.J. Heinz: A Pittsburgh Legacy

Henry John Heinz left a considerable legacy in the city of Pittsburgh. Henry John was the oldest of eight children born to German immigrants. He was a hard working businessman who grew it into a multi-million dollar enterprise based in Pittsburgh. Henry was both shrewd and careful with his wealth. He gave generously to charitable and educational institutions. His endowment has carried on his charitable

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H.J. Heinz: Marketing

H.J. Heinz: Marketing

Heinz: A Pittsburgh Marketer Ahead of His Time Heinz was a brilliant marketer, always thinking of ways to promote his company and its products.  He introduced the “pickle charm” to the world in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair.  That pickle charm evolved in his famous “pickle pin.”  At that fair Henry was not happy to have his company’s exhibit on the second floor of

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Heinz Ketchup: The Taste Loved ‘Round the World

Heinz Ketchup: The Taste Loved 'Round the World

It’s enhanced more hamburgers than Hamburger Helper. With French fries it has formed as perfect a union as peanut butter and chocolate, and it’s made the inedible edible. What is this marvelous, miraculous substance? Why, it’s none other than Heinz Ketchup, the taste loved ’round the world. Pittsburgh’s Henry J. Heinz Henry J. Heinz, the son of German immigrants Frederick and Margaretta (Schmit) Heinz, was

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Military History in Pittsburgh

Military History in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s military history reaches back to the founding of our nation and beyond.  Before the Revolutionary War, George Washington began his military career in Western Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.  In 1758, he and General John Forbes drove the French from Fort Duquesne.  The fate of over half of North America was decided right at the “point,” where Pittsburgh meets the Allegheny and

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Notorious Pittsburghers

Notorious Pittsburghers

Pittsburgh is proud of its famous sons and daughters, including William Pitt, Stephen Foster, Andrew Carnegie, Nellie Bly, and Fred Rogers. But like most families, Pittsburgh has had its share of black sheep.  Some of Pittsburgh’s most notorious residents have stories that still fascinate today. Simon Girty You may have heard of the stream called Girty’s Run.  A tributary of the Allegheny River that runs

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A Pair of Renaissances Shape Pittsburgh’s Cityscape

A Pair of Renaissances Shape Pittsburgh's Cityscape

By the conclusion of World War II Pittsburgh was looking a bit shabby.  Corporations found it increasingly difficult to lure talent to the city.  Consequently, many corporations threatened to leave the area.  Fearing an exodus, the city leaders deemed that Pittsburgh needed a facelift, a “renaissance.” Renaissance I To kick off this major urban renewal, later known as Renaissance I, the urban planners went back

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A Brief History of Pittsburgh

A Brief History of Pittsburgh

Whether it is the Jordan, Ganges, or Nile, rivers seem to draw people to them.  It is no different in Pittsburgh, where the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers has been luring inhabitants to their banks for centuries. Early History Long before Colonel George Washington’s arrival in 1755 on a surveying mission, Native Americans such as the Shawnee, Seneca, and Lenape were thriving

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Western Pennsylvania’s Long History of Energy Production  

Western Pennsylvania's Long History of Energy Production  

Almost since the nation’s birth, Western Pennsylvania has played an important role in energy production for the country.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, active bituminous coal mines have been in operation in the state since the late 1700s. The first coal mined in PA was taken at Coal Hill on Mount Washington, across the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh.  The coal was transported

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