Fort Pitt Boulevard
Fort Pitt Boulevard is a road in Pittsburgh on the southern area of Downtown, connecting Fort Pitt Bridge and Interstate 376. Fort Pitt poses a particular challenge to both mapmaker and navigator---along its entire half-mile length, up to six separate roadways making up the Boulevard, the Penn-Lincoln Parkway, and ramps between the latter and various Downtown streets are woven together in a space less than 300 feet wide.
Prior to 1940, the road was known as Water Street. In 1806, it was the home of industrialist James O'Hara; from 1840 to 1935 it was the site of Monongahela House, a hotel which played host to visitors such as Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. Of all the businesses that were established along the road prior to the name change, the only ones still in business are Heyl & Patterson Inc., W.W. Patterson Manufacturing and Graybar Electric Company.
- "Pittsburgh in 1806" by Lois Mulkearn. Originally published in the Spring 1948 issue of Pitt: A Quarterly of Fact and Thought at the University of Pittsburgh. at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/beck/
- Photograph at http://pgdigs.tumblr.com/post/29546894350/circa-1900-the-monongahela-house-was-in-its-day
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Various maps and photographs, and a short history of the road, can be seen at Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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