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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Exploring the Belly of the Burgh, Part 4: Oil

Whale oil lamp How Pittsburgh 'Saved' the Whales, For a While Most of us are dimly aware (no pun intended) that before electric lights, but after candles, the civilized world got around at night with oil lamps. Few of us know that initially most of that oil came from harpooned whales whose blubber had been boiled. So, it was a great relief to the wh...
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Historical Hairdos

  True or False Chief Pontiac, who is associated with the only attack on Fort Pitt, had a pompadour like Elvis Presley. Elvis' great-great-great-grandmother, Morning White Dove,  was a full-blooded Cherokee. Elvis impersonators are common today in Ottawa Indian territory, and French colonists first called the native inh...
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