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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1794 to 1840

The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1794 to 1840

The Chief Burgesses George Robinson (1794-1800), First of the Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh   The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. George, it seems, had a run in with the law when he was arrested by General Irvine’s troops, under the direction of President George Washington, for rebel activity

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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1840 to 1946

The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1840 to 1946

William W. Irwin (1840-1841), Whig William Irwin had a favorite mode of transportation when he was a boy: a pony.  He acquired the nickname “pony Irwin” because he rode his pony wherever he went.  When Irwin was elected mayor of Pittsburgh in 1840, he focused on expanding the Pittsburgh’s infrastructure and city government.  He wanted the city to be able to keep up with the

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The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1946 to 2014

The Mayors of Pittsburgh: 1946 to 2014

David L. Lawrence (1946-1959), Democrat In 1945, David L. Lawrence, an Irish Catholic Democrat, was elected mayor of Pittsburgh by a slim margin.  At the time, Pittsburgh was not a pretty place.  The smog was so thick that it was not unusual for men to change their white dress shirts in the middle of the day because they would become dirty from the air.  It

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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 multimillion 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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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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Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre, which creates original collaborative dance-based performances, was founded in 1994 by Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope. In honor of the theatre’s 20th anniversary, Popular Pittsburgh asked Michele to reflect on the theatre’s two decades of success. Q. What was it about Pittsburgh that made you decide to found Attack Theatre here? A. Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved to Pittsburgh from New

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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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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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Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Over the decades, Pittsburgh has had numerous gifted professional athletes grace our fields, parks, stadiums, and rinks. A rare few not only excel in their sport, but also capture the city’s heart. Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is one of those rare few. Birth of Pittsburgh’s MVP Andrew McCutchen was born on October 10, 1986, in Fort Meade, Florida, to Lorenzo McCutchen and Petrina Swan, who were

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