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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OMG! Txtng in 1800s PGH

Securing the Steam-Age Internet Back before most people had indoor toilets, Pittsburghers were texting and encrypting business emails. Here's a sample: Maudlin bigamy angel cart. That's a secret text message to sell 50,000 gallons of oil in the speculative futures market, and do it fast. Electronic messages back then were called telegraphs. It was the start of the ...
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Unwelcome Immigrants

They would close to the newcomer the bridge that carried them and their fathers over.   "Within a few blocks of the skyscrapers of the Point, I have seen a company of Syrians weaving almost unceasingly for four days (doing) a desert dance that celebrated the return of one of them to Jerusalem."   What? Have Syrian refugees arrived in Pittsburgh? Has Mayor Bi...
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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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