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Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and its metropolitan area ranks as the largest in both Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley while being the 22nd largest urban area in the United States.
Pittsburgh is dominated by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which form the Ohio River. This strategic juncture was a major site of the North American theater of the Seven Years' War, with Great Britain winning control in 1758 to establish Fort Pitt in honor of "The Great Commoner", William Pitt. Following the American Revolution, the area grew as an important transportation center and primary gateway to the American frontier. 19th century coal and iron production made Pittsburgh into the world leader of steel and by 1910 the city was the eighth largest in the United States. With the collapse of American industries in the 1980s, Pittsburgh lost population but has successfully transitioned its economy into a world leader of healthcare, technology, education, and financial services.
Pittsburgh is known colloquially as "The Steel City", for its continued leadership in steel production, as well as "The City of Bridges" for its world record 466 structures. The city's official colors of black and gold are so symbolic that all pro-sports teams from the area, the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers have also adopted them. Multiple publications have named Pittsburgh the "most livable city" in the United States for its low crime, affordability, and plentiful educational, cultural, and recreational amenities with its skyline vistas ranked by USA Today as second only to the Grand Canyon.
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Dollar Bank in downtown Pittsburgh
The Three Sisters
are three very similar self-anchored suspension bridges
spanning the Allegheny River
in downtown Pittsburgh
at 6th, 7th, and 9th streets, generally running north/south. The bridges have been given formal names to honor important Pittsburgh residents:
Designed by the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, they were all built in a four year period, from 1924 to 1928, by the American Bridge Company, replacing earlier bridges of various designs at the same sites. Their construction was mandated by the War Department, citing navigable river clearance concerns. They are constructed of steel, and use steel eyebars in lieu of cables.
The Three Sisters are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans, built in the United States. They are among the only surviving examples of large eyebar chain suspension bridges in America, and furthermore, unusual for having been erected using cantilever methods. The bridges’ design was viewed as a creative response to the political, commercial, and aesthetic concerns of Pittsburgh in the 1920s.
Hugh Henry Brackenridge
(1748 – June 25, 1816) was an American writer
, and justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
A frontier citizen in Pittsburgh, he was elected in 1786 to the Pennsylvania state assembly, where he fought for the adoption of the federal Constitution, and obtained state endowments in 1787 for the establishment of the Pittsburgh Academy (University of Pittsburgh). He also played a role in the little known Westsylvania dispute, siding with Pennsylvania that the western lands should not become a 14th state. He lost a bid for re-election because he opposed popular sentiment in supporting federal controls, and he also nearly lost his life when he attempted to mediate the Whiskey Rebellion. He was largely responsible for the formation of Allegheny County and was appointed him a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1799. As an author, he collaborated on what may be the first work of prose fiction written in America, Father Bombo's Pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote several other titles including Modern Chivalry.
The Carnegie Museum of Art
, located in the Oakland
neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
, is an art museum
founded in 1895 by the Pittsburgh-based industrialist Andrew Carnegie
. Carnegie envisioned a museum collection consisting of the "Old Masters of tomorrow" and the Carnegie Museum of Art became, arguably, the first museum of modern art in the United States. The museum presents as many as 15 changing exhibitions annually and continues Carnegie's love of contemporary art by staging the Carnegie International
every few years. Its permanent collection comprises roughly 35,000 works and includes European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present, works on paper, paintings, prints, sculptures and installations, film and video works, as well as plaster casts of outstanding classical, ancient, and medieval architectural. Approximately 1,800 works are on view at any given time in the complex. The museum was featured prominently in the 1983 Academy Award winning Flashdance
On this day in Pittsburgh history...