Pittsburgh’s Pot Past

As Pittsburgh makes marijuana possession a little less illegal, it is interesting to note that bales of cannabis once came here by the boatloads. A local businesswoman  ordered the bales and processed them downtown for customers who shipped them around the world. Perhaps, I should explain. Mary Irwin made rope. In all likelih...
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Want a Job in 1816 Pittsburgh?

Many common occupations have gone to pasture We've been looking at surprising things you don't know about 1816. That was the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city. So far, we've learned: There was no summer that year. The City of Bridges had no bridges yet. Public love-making was quite popular (waltzing). You paid nothing to mail a letter. You paid a lot to ge...
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Pittsburgh’s Shocking Early Steps

  We've been looking at things you don't know about 1816. That was the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city, relying less on the state to run things. So far, we've learned: There was no summer that year. The City of Bridges had no bridges yet. Now, we find something really unexpected: Public Love-Making Yes, public love-making. The scandalous fad swept across...
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