Myth Busted

Cutting Ancient Americans Down to Size -- Among those interested in prehistory -- and presumably that's everyone reading this -- there is the knowledge that the average ancient Indian of the Ohio River Valley was rather taller than most of us today. Maybe even much taller. Myth. Myth. Myth. It turns out, if you were to meet a prehistoric American walking down t...
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Dress All 1816 in 2016

One look is all it took for passion to bloom in 1816 Pittsburgh What to Wear? What to Wear? It wasn't a very big city, to be sure; less than 6,000 residents, but still there were balls and plenty of coming-out parties to attend. Then, there was church. What would you wear? We've been looking at 1816, the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city Thanks t...
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Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Tunnel

'X' marks spot of coal mine that became a tunnel. This 1910 photo, colorized for clarity, shows Smithfield Street Bridge in foreground. Incline on right carried people to a train that went through the hill. People didn't feel safe doing that, so one was built that went over Mount Washington and down the other side to catch the train to Castle Shannon. Let it Be Known: Tran...
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