Pittsburgh Got Schenley Wrong

Sleazy Seducer or Slave Savior? Pittsburgh likes to tell a romantic, shocking tale about one of its wealthy young heiresses. It's been telling the story for 174 years. The story is mostly wrong. Lurid speculation in newspaper accounts of 1842 get passed off as accurate history. I refer to the elopement of Mary Croghan and Edward W.H. Schenley. You know the name from Schenl...
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Dress All 1816 in 2016

One look is all it took for passion to bloom in 1816 Pittsburgh 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 to theĀ Internet and the popularity ...
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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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Be QWERTY

The Striking Story of a Keyboard Design Look down at your keyboard. See it? The first six letters spell QWERTY. That's what they call the keyboard layout we've been using for 140 years: the QWERTY layout. It looks very much like an emphatic adjective: QWERTY! I propose we start using it that way. Well, that's very QWERTY! . . . She's had a lot of trouble, but she is...
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Superstition

GOT MILK? ----- CURSES! ----- NOT ANYMORE! Where Uncertainty and Fear Reign If superstition thrives amid uncertainty and fear, there was no better place for that than Southwestern Pennsylvania in the mid to late 1700s. Our ancestors were ruled by beliefs we find childish and strange today. It was not a good place to be if you were a woman, and managed to stay alive...
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