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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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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A Desire to Keep The Streetcars Rolling

Mr. McFeely mixes with visitors at trolley museum Pennsylvania Trolley Museum There are hundreds of places throughout the region with ongoing connections to the past. Chances are you have not gotten around to visiting them. Maybe you just need a scouting report. Here's one to check out: A streetcar named Washington regularly rolled 25 miles through the woods...
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Pitt, Why the Hogwarts-Like Cathedral?

Just Ask Why did Pitt decide to build a high-rise to house itself? At the time it was built, I would guess it might have been relatively easy to spread out with lower buildings instead. I’m not aware of any other similar high-rise universities. Was high-rise a fad? -- Wayne Narr, Houston   The Answer There are four main reasons why a towering Hogwarts-...
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