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Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the city itself had a population of 334,569, with 2,358,695 in the metropolitan area.

Pittsburgh is built at the confluence of three rivers (the Allegheny River, Monongahela River and the Ohio River), with the downtown area in the triangular portion of land formed by the rivers. The city is well known for its spectacular skyline of skyscrapers and bridges, the latter giving rise to two of its nicknames "The City of Bridges" and "The Bridge Capital".

As well as "The City of Bridges" and "The Bridge Capital", Pittsburgh also has a variety of other nicknames, including "City of Champions", "The 'Burgh" and "The College City". There are also nicknames linked to the city's industrial past such as "Iron City", "Steel City" and "Steel Town", and from the new industries that have arisen in the city such as "Roboburgh", which relates to Pittsburgh's growing robotics industry.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Pittsburgh is Carnegie Mellon University, which is a private research university that was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900.

  • The main airport serving Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh International Airport.

  • Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Pittsburgh include Heinz, PPG Industries and U.S. Steel.

  • Professional sports teams in Pittsburgh include the American football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Major League Baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Logo NFL Sports Poster
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Pittsburgh Steelers Logo NFL Sports Poster

 
 
Pittsburgh Steelers Champions
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Pittsburgh Steelers Champions

 
 
Dusk, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Dusk, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

 
 
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Skyline
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Artist: Michael Tompsett.
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Skyline

 
 
Pittsburgh Penguins Logo
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Pittsburgh Penguins Logo

 
 
Pittsburgh Pirates - Andrew McCutchen
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Pittsburgh Pirates - Andrew McCutchen

 
 
Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
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Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

 
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 
 
Pittsburgh Steelers - Team 14
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Pittsburgh Steelers - Team 14

 
 
Titans Steelers Football: Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
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Titans Steelers Football: Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field

 
 
Pittsburgh (First Game, Heinz Field, August 25, 2001)
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Pittsburgh  (First Game, Heinz Field,  August 25, 2001)

 
 
Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park
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Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park

 
 
Benny Goodman Orchestra at the Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1936
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Artist: Dennis Loren.
Benny Goodman Orchestra at the Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1936

 
 
University of Pittsburgh - Cathedral of Learning
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Artist: John Beale.
University of Pittsburgh - Cathedral of Learning

 
 
Pittsburgh Steelers - Sept 16, 2012: Heinz Field
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Artist: Gene J. Puskar.
Pittsburgh Steelers - Sept 16, 2012: Heinz Field

 
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The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bucket List

By Susan B. Malcolm Ph.D.

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The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bucket List
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The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bucket List offers a reference book to a city that "The Economist" magazine deemed as the "Most Livable City" in a Global Livability Survey of 2011. The book is designed to be a quick reference that offers a description, location, and website for 100 places or activities in areas north, east, south, and west of the city. The book also includes suggestions for more than a dozen places and activities located outside the city limits.

Classic American Road Trips: Walking Tours of Towns along the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

walkthetown.com
Released: 2013-07-11
Kindle Edition (349 pages)

Classic American Road Trips: Walking Tours of Towns along the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Look Up, America!)
 
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Pennsylvania was one of the first states in America to create a Highway Department and in the 1930s plans were undertaken for a new type of road to cross the Commonwealth - The Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was a revolutionary undertaking. Before the Turnpike roads had been built with flat curves to discourage speeding. Now the engineers were tasked with adapting the roadway for high-speed travel. There would be long, sweeping curves and a maximum grade of 3% or three feet of climb for every 100 feet of road. Before the coming of the Pennsylvania Turnpike it was not unusual to find mountain roads with grades of 12%. There would be no cross streets, no traffic signals, no railroad grade crossings. By contrast the Lincoln Highway (now Route 30) that was the main artery across Pennsylvania at the time sported 939 cross streets and 12 railroad crossings. it was expected that the new “superhighway” would cut travel time across the state.

The first cars queued up to drive on the four-lane all concrete highway on October 1, 1940. The original roadway covered 160 miles from Carlisle, just west of Harrisburg, to Irwin, just east of Pittsburgh. To tackle the steep Allegheny Mountains in between seven tunnels were required. The Turnpike was an immediate success and in the coming years would be extended from border to border, eventually swallowing up 359 miles. Along that route are major cities and historic towns.

There is no better way to see the towns of the Pennsylvania Turnpike than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are visiting a new town or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a walking tour is ready to explore when you are. Each walking tour describes a mix of historical and architectural and ecclesiastical landmarks.

Town Tours Included:

Exit 2 New Castle

Exit 57 Pittsburgh - Cultural District
Pittsburgh - Financial District
Pittsburgh - Oakland

Exit 67 Greensburg

Exit 91 Ligonier

Exit 146 Johnston

Exit 226 Carlisle

Exit 247 Harrisburg

Exit 266 Lancaster

Exit 286 Reading

Exit 333 Norristown

Exit 358 - Bristol

Exit 359 Philadelphia - The Parkway
Philadelphia - Center City
Philadelphia - Old City
Philadelphia - Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia - Society Hill

Pittsburgh 2015 Square 12x12

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Pittsburgh, a city whose wealth once surpassed that of almost all the other American cities, stands tall and proud along the banks of its three rivers. Long known as the Steel City and admired for its tradition of hard work and industrial prowess, Pittsburgh is also a city rich in history, diverse neighborhoods with stunning architecture, art institutions, and numerous bridges. Featuring beautiful images of historic and contemporary locales, this Pittsburgh wall calendar showcases the oftentimes unnoticed grandeur of this picturesque city. Includes a free download of the TravelDaysTM app for the smartphone and tablet, which grants access to the world 's best destination photos and backgrounds, fun puzzles, and a calendar featuring picturesque places that will transport you from the day-to-day to the truly memorable. BrownTrout is committed to sustainability.

Moon Pittsburgh (Moon Handbooks)

By Dan Eldridge

Avalon Travel Publishing
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Moon Pittsburgh (Moon Handbooks)
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Long-time Pennsylvania resident Dan Eldridge provides a quirky look at Pittsburgh, from riding up the Duquesne Incline to grabbing a beer at a hipster bar in South Side to visiting the Andy Warhol Museum. Dan includes unique trip ideas like Out with the Parents, Fun and Cheap, and Go Where the Locals Go. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, this guide provides options for a range of travel budgets. Complete with details on the best insider spots and how to make the most of two days in the city, Moon Pittsburgh gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Ghosts of Pittsburgh: The Haunted Locations of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

By Jeffrey Fisher

Released: 2012-01-30
Kindle Edition (28 pages)

Ghosts of Pittsburgh: The Haunted Locations of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
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This guide offers information on the haunted locations of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each location includes information on its history, and the spirit(s) believed to haunt the property.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Photographic Portrait

By Mark Bolster

Twin Lights Publishers
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Photographic Portrait
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Mark Bolster s photography of 21st-century Pittsburgh reflects a river city transformed from a steel industry icon, to a sophisticated center of high-tech business and architecture. The images included in this book capture that spirit in the city's impressive skyline set against blue skies and the rush of the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers at Point State Park. Part of Pittsburgh s Renaissance includes the growth of the arts; photos of the Benedum Center, the Byham Theater and Heinz Hall as well as the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Smithsonian Institute and the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center are part of the creativity that drives this city of 720 bridges. Bolster s images of historical locations depict the keys to Pittsburgh s past; their preservation along with innovative new architecture, expanding cultural resources and proud new green spaces is proof of a city that embraces its future.

Lonely Planet New York New Jersey & Pennsylvania (Regional Travel Guide)

By Jeff Campbell

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Lonely Planet knows New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. Our 3rd edition guarantees an adventure, whether it’s shopping ’til you drop in Manhattan, wine-tasting your way around the Finger Lakes, time-warping through the small towns of Amish country, viewing Warhols in Pittsburgh, eating funnel cakes on the Jersey shore or winning big in Atlantic City.

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Extensive coverage of New York City and Philadelphia
Itineraries to inspire road tripping, gallery hopping, beach bumming and nature loving
Practical information on getting around by car, bus, plane, antique steam train or horse-drawn buggy
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Food Lovers' Guide to® Pittsburgh: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series)

By Sarah Sudar & Amanda Mcfadden

Globe Pequot Press
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Food Lovers  Guide to® Pittsburgh: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers  Series)
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The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings The ultimate guides to the food scene in their respective states or regions, these books provide the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Engagingly written by local authorities, they are a one-stop for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including: • Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries• Farmers markets and farm stands• Specialty food shops, markets and products• Food festivals and culinary events• Places to pick your own produce• Recipes from top local chefs • The best cafes, taverns, wineries, and brewpubs

Pittsburgh: A New Portrait

By Franklin Toker

University of Pittsburgh Press
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Pittsburgh: A New Portrait
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From its founding in 1758, Pittsburgh has experienced several epic transformations.  It began its existence as a fortress, on a site originally selected by George Washington.  A hundred years later, and well into our own time, no other American city was as intensively industrialized, only to be later consigned to “rustbelt” status.  Remade as a thriving twenty-first-century city and an international center for science, medicine, biotechnology, and financial services, Pittsburgh is now routinely acclaimed as one of the most promising and livable of America's cities.  Franklin Toker shows us why.

Toker highlights this remarkable story of urban reinvention by focusing on what makes Pittsburgh so resilient and appealing - its strong neighborhoods and their surprisingly rich architectural history.   The many unique, lively urban communities that make up Pittsburgh are a treasure trove of every imaginable style of structure, from Victorian to Bauhaus, Gothic to Art Deco, and from Industrial to Green.  These ordinary homes expressed the aspirations of people who came from around the world to settle in Pittsburgh, while they built the city itself into an economic powerhouse.  With the wealth generated by this everyday work, local captains of industry could build their own monumental additions to Pittsburgh's urban landscape, including two of America's greatest buildings: H. H. Richardson's Allegheny Courthouse and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. 

With accessible prose, Toker examines Pittsburgh in its historical context (from Indian settlement to postmodern city), in its regional setting (from the playgrounds of the Laurel Highlands to the hard-working mill towns dotting the landscape), and from the street level (leading the reader on a personal tour through every neighborhood).  Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, Pittsburgh: A New Portrait reveals the true colors of a truly great American city. 

Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh (Best Hikes Near Series)

By Bob Frye

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Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh (Best Hikes Near Series)
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From a hike through Pymatuning State Park to see its famous spillway, to an old Indian path called the Warrior Trail, this book describes the best hikes in and around Pittsburgh, many of them never previously covered elsewhere.

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