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Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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.

Attractions in Pittsburgh include:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Facts

Here is some more information about Pittsburgh:
  • 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.

  • The main airport for Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh International Airport.

  • Perhaps 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.

  • Some of the major companies headquartered in Pittsburgh include Heinz, PPG Industries and U.S. Steel.

  • Pittsburgh's nicknames include "Birmingham of America", "Iron City", "The 'Burgh", "The City of Bridges", "The City of Champions", "The Smoky City", and "The Steel City".

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Books About Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bucket List

By Susan B. Malcolm Ph.D.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (122 pages)

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.

Pittsburgh Travel Guide Enhanced ebook: Featuring: The Best of Pittsburgh's Craft Beer Scene

Cardinal Content
Released: 2015-10-25
Kindle Edition (407 pages)

Pittsburgh Travel Guide Enhanced ebook: Featuring: The Best of Pittsburgh s Craft Beer Scene
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The Pittsburgh Travel Guide Enhanced ebook is a lot more than just an ebook on Pittsburgh. Because it is enhanced it is more than text and page images. It includes widgets and links that give you the opportunity to find much more about Pittsburgh
Along with these widgets are hundreds of text links that go to websites and social media that add extraordinary amounts of information in this travel guide.
Simply put, if all the information available in and through this ebook was calculated in numbers of words and images it would be in the millions of words, and tens of thousands of images.
All on traveling to Pittsburgh

The central parts of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods are the focus of this Pittsburgh travel guide. We also include some great places in the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, almost all of the places and events described in this ebook are accessible without a car. That makes this guide perfect for those who are traveling to Pittsburgh on a budget or just want to see Pittsburgh at street level and not from behind a windshield.
Also, this Travel Guide is laid-out geographically. That way the places and events described are close to one another and easy to enjoy in one day. Or many days and many return trips.
A special request to our readers: PLEASE REVIEW PITTSBURGH TRAVEL GUIDE ENHANCED eBOOK. We love your opinions, even if they are not always positive, because they help us make better travel guide books.
Also, most certainly, we did not include all the great places to see, stay, eat, shop and go to in Pittsburgh. If you have a favorite we should know about, by all means let us know. Our facebook page is the first facebook widget at the beginning of this ebook. Send us a message and if we use your suggestions we will get you some nice goodies from Pittsburgh.
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Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh (Best Hikes Near Series)

By Bob Frye

Globe Pequot Press
Paperback (224 pages)

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.

Pittsburgh, 1758-2008 (Images of America: Pennsylvania)

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2008-11-10
Paperback (128 pages)

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Pittsburgh: 1758-2008 surveys the city's evolution from strategic fort in the wilderness to bustling industrial workshop to high-tech center for universities and health care. A boatbuilding center and gateway to the West at the beginning of the 19th century, Pittsburgh later produced iron and steel used to construct bridges and buildings around the country and provided the cannons, shot, and ships that helped win wars around the world. In the process, Pittsburgh became a magnet for successive waves of immigrants--workers and entrepreneurs who shaped the culture and character of the city with their customs, churches, clubs, food, and an impressive collection of museums. Among its many attributes, Pittsburgh is the birthplace of Carnegie libraries in the United States, wire cable suspension bridges, the gas station, the Ferris wheel, commercial radio, public television, and bingo.

Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City

By Stefan Lorant

Derrydale Press
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Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City
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Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City follows Pittsburgh from its frontier beginnings through its evolution into the most heavily industrialized city in the world, to the city's renewal of itself as "America's Most Livable City." This beautiful volume though, is much more than the story of a single city; it is the history of the United States.

This book is based on years of research and includes contributions by such noted American historians as Henry Steele Commager and Oscar Handlin. More than 1100 pictures recreate the city's dramatic 200+year history. Featured are photographs by W. Eugene Smith, Margaret Bourke-White, Norman W. Schumm, Lorant himself and others. A chronology of events from 1717 offers historical snapshots in the day to day life of the archetypical American city.

Pittsburgh 2016 Square 12x12

By Browntrout Publishers

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Pittsburgh Wall Calendar: Featuring beautiful images of historic and contemporary locales, this Pittsburgh 2016 Wall Calendar showcases the oftentimes unnoticed grandeur of this picturesque city. 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. BrownTrout is committed to sustainability.Features amazing photography of the cityMonths and days are featured in English, French, and SpanishJuly-December 2015 overviewObserves major holidays and moon phases

Pittsburgh in 1816

By Pittsburgh Carnegie Library

Released: 2013-07-19
Kindle Edition (104 pages)

Pittsburgh in 1816
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This little book will interest the Pittsburgher of 1916 chiefly because the parts and pieces of which it is made were written by men who were living here or who passed this way in 1816.

The three newspapers of the day—the Gazette, the Mercury, and the Commonwealth—have furnished, though somewhat sparingly, the items of local news. They have also furnished advertisements—these in greater abundance and variety.

The men who were the tourists of the day in America, traveling by stage, wagon, boat, or on horseback, often made Pittsburgh a stopping place in their journey. Many of them wrote books, in which may be found two or three pages, or a chapter, on the city as it appeared at that time. It is from these books that the section "Impressions of early travelers" has been gathered. The date given with these extracts is the date of publication, but the period referred to in every case is between 1815 and 1817.

In addition to these gleanings from contemporaries, a number of paragraphs from various histories of the city have been included.

The sketches that have thus been bought together do not form a systematic or well proportioned description of the city; yet they may help, through their vivid pictures and first-hand impressions, to give some idea of life in Pittsburgh a century ago.

Pittsburgh: A Renaissance City

By Michael P. Gadomski

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Discover Pittsburgh today through 163 stunning photographs showcasing its sports venues, museums, businesses, universities, and cultural landmarks, all of which prompted The Economist magazine to name Pittsburgh “the most livable city in the United States.” Once regarded as part of the industrial rust belt whose glory belonged to another century, Pittsburgh today is renowned for its economic emphasis on education, research, health care, professional services, and advanced technology industries. The area is also a thriving cultural mecca. See popular landmarks, such as Heinz Hall Plaza, Allegheny County Courthouse, and Carnegie Mellon University, and visit Point State Park, Fort Pitt Museum, the original Primanti Bros. restaurant, and much more. Complete with detailed captions, this book celebrates Pittsburgh’s heritage, beauty, and diversity and is a must-have for tourists, history buffs, architects, and anyone who wants to see why it is a city for the twenty-first century.

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.

Pittsburgh: A New Portrait

By Franklin Toker

University of Pittsburgh Press
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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. 

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