When the City of Bridges Had None

A city grew up between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and yet no one ever crossed over the rivers. How could that be? Well, that's because people crossed on top of the rivers, not over them. That's vastly different than what Pittsburghers have come to expect, living in the City of Bridges. The official count is 446 bridges within city boundar...
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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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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 the Internet and the popularity ...
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When Pittsburgh Became City, Summer Never Came

Landscape looked a little different in 1816 for William Turner, English painter, after eruption of Mount Tambora. Was the Burgh  Advancing Too Much? 1816 is the year Pittsburgh became a city. No offense to the city, but that year sucked. It had no summer. In fact, that is what the year is called: The Year With No Summer. It also is called Eighteen Hundred and ...
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