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Pittsburgh


Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
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 are some more facts about Pittsburgh:
  • The principal airport for Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh International Airport.

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

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

  • Perhaps the best known educational institution in Pittsburgh is Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university that was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900.

  • 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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Moon Pittsburgh (Travel Guide)

By Emily King

Moon Travel
Released: 2018-07-31
Paperback (290 pages)

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Take in the young, vibrant scene of a city on the rise and learn what it really means to be a Yinzer with Moon Pittsburgh. Inside you'll find:
  • Strategic itineraries for history buffs, families, budget travelers, and more, all accessible by bus, train, or public transit
  • The Top Sights and Unique Experiences: Get up close and personal with dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, check out art and artifacts in Frick Park, and ponder iconic paintings at the Andy Warhol Museum. Take the incline train up Mount Washington or kayak along any of its three rivers. Explore the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh or cheer on the Steelers at Heinz Field
  • Get a Taste of the City: Feast on affordable Asian cuisine in the East End, eat a famous sandwich with fries inside at Primanti Bros, and try pierogis for a taste of traditional Pittsburgh
  • Bars and Nightlife: Sample a flight of craft brews under the stars at rooftop hotspot Biergarten, sip cocktails at a speakeasy, or rub elbows with regulars at a dive bar
  • Local insight from born and bred Pittsburgher Emily B. King
  • Day trips from Pittsburgh: Tube down the Youghiogheny River, explore vestiges of the Underground Railroad in southeastern Pennsylvania, or dig into apple pie in a backwoods diner
  • Maps and Tools like background information on the history and culture of the city, easy-to-read maps and neighborhood guides from the trendy Strip to high-end Shadyside
With Moon Pittsburgh's practical tips and local know-how, you can experience the best of the city.

Looking to experience more of America's city life? Try Moon Boston or Moon Philadelphia. Exploring the area? Check out Moon Pennsylvania.

Moon Pennsylvania

By Rachel Vigoda

AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
Released: 2018-08-07
Paperback (500 pages)

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Visit historic battlefields, share the road with horse-drawn buggies, and explore two vibrant cities on the rise. Inside Moon Pennsylvania you'll find:
  • Strategic itineraries like a 7-day spin through the best of the state, weekend trips, and tips for history buffs, families, and outdoor adventurers
  • The top sights and unique experiences: Sneak a peek at the Liberty Bell and museum-hop in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Hike, camp, or show off your snowboarding skills in the Poconos, spot roaming elk in the Pennsylvania Wilds, and relax on the shores of Lake Erie. Learn about American history at Gettysburg, marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece in the Laurel Highlands, or take a horse-drawn buggy through Amish country. Find the best Philly cheesesteak, indulge in all that Hershey has to offer, and try a "Pittsburgh-style" sandwich stuffed with fries
  • Suggestions for day trips from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, including Bucks County, Amish Country, Moraine and McConnells Mill State Parks, Fallingwater, and Cook Forest State Park
  • Local tips from Philadelphia local Rachel Vigoda on when to go, how to get around, and where to stay
  • Thorough background information on the landscape, wildlife, climate, and local culture
  • Focused coverage of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Pocono Mountains, Pittsburgh, the Alleghenies, the Lake Region, and Pennsylvania Wilds
With Moon Pennsylvania's practical tips and local insight, you can experience the best of the Keystone State.

Staying in the city? Try Moon Pittsburgh or Moon Philadelphia. Exploring more of the East Coast? Try Moon Virginia & Maryland or Moon Washington DC.

Greater Than a Tourist - Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Patrick Freed

Independently published
Paperback (54 pages)

Greater Than a Tourist - Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist – Pittsburgh, PA by Patrick Freed offers the inside scope on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scope. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your next destination. Ten cents of each book purchased is donated to teaching and learning.

Engineering Pittsburgh: A History of Roads, Rails, Canals, Bridges and More

By ASCE Pittsburgh Section 100th Anniversary Publication Committee

The History Press
Released: 2018-09-10
Paperback (224 pages)

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Western Pennsylvania's infrastructure is renowned for traversing valleys, mountains, rivers and everything in between. Early surveying in the region delineated state and local boundaries that allowed for the mapping of canals, railroads and roadways. Engineers developed bridges, ground transportation systems and airports that linked Pittsburgh to the world. Frequently overflowing rivers transformed into reliable navigation passageways. Drinking water and wastewater treatment systems allowed development and population to flourish, leading to investments in iconic buildings. Join expert civil engineers and professionals as they narrate the story of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region's engineering triumphs.

Moon Pittsburgh (Moon Handbooks)

By Dan Eldridge

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Released: 2014-06-17
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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.

Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (Best Hikes Near Series)

By Bob Frye

Falcon Guides
Released: 2018-10-01
Paperback (232 pages)

Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls (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's Mansions (Images of America)

By Melanie Linn Gutowski

Arcadia Publishing SC
Released: 2013-08-19
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Pittsburgh s Mansions (Images of America)
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In the 19th century, the positioning of Pittsburgh as a major manufacturing center and the subsequent rise of the area’s steel industry created a wave of prosperity that prompted the beneficiaries of that wealth to construct extravagant residences. Wealthy enclaves sprang up in the city’s East End, across the river in neighboring Allegheny City, and into the countryside. Pittsburgh’s Mansions explores the stately homes of the area’s prominent residents from the 1830s through the 1920s. Businessmen such as H.J. Heinz, Henry Clay Frick, and members of the Mellon family commissioned elaborate homes from the preeminent architects of their day. Firms such as Alden & Harlow, Janssen & Abbott, and Rutan & Russell left their marks on the city’s landscape, often contributing iconic public buildings as well as expansive private homes. Though many of the residences have since been lost, Pittsburgh’s Mansions offers a look back at the peak of the city’s prominence.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Photographic Portrait

By Amy Cicconi

Twin Lights Publishers
Hardcover (128 pages)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A Photographic Portrait
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seated majestically at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers and at the source of the Ohio River. Over the past three decades, Pittsburgh has undergone a dramatic economic and cultural metamorphosis so impressive that it is widely viewed as a transformative example for other cities. Pittsburgh's essence is no longer that of a gritty, dark steel town, but rather as a vibrant, thriving urban mecca, regularly appearing in the top ranks of Most Livable city lists. Healthcare, education, and technology are now at the core of Pittsburgh's economic ecosystem. The city's top tier universities have spawned a rapidly expanding high-tech industry, bringing with it a surge of young talent. Several of the city's oldest neighborhoods are undergoing rapid transformation and gentrification as young adults move in at impressive rates. The city's downtown Cultural District showcases multiple theaters, art galleries, public art projects, urban parks, and riverfront recreation spaces that draw over two million visitors to more than 1,500 events each year. Amy Cicconi's photography takes readers on a visual journey through the evolving landscape of the city of Pittsburgh, sharing reflections of its history and compelling views of its continued vibrance.

100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, 2nd Edition (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By Rossilynne Culgan

Reedy Press
Released: 2019-05-01
Paperback (160 pages)

100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, 2nd Edition (100 Things to Do Before You Die)
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The story of Pittsburgh’s transformation from a smoky steel town to a modern, high-tech city draws people from around the world to this corner of southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburghers are known for their deep pride in the city, and with so much to do and see (and eat!) around here it’s no wonder why.
100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die features itineraries and tips on what you’ll discover in the Steel City. Scale Mount Washington on the Incline, a century-old cable car. Admire the artwork of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. Kayak the three rivers. History buff? Travel back in time to the drama of the Whiskey Rebellion, which unfolded right here. Devour a Primanti’s sandwich topped with french fries—and dine at Pittsburgh’s other culinary hotspots, too. Maybe even pick up a little Pittsburghese, yinz.
As a lifetime resident of southwestern Pennsylvania and a seasoned traveler, author Rossilynne Culgan combines a local’s expertise with the spirit of discovery in her hometown. With this book as your guide, you won’t miss a thing on your quest to make memories in Pittsburgh.

Haunted Western Pennsylvania: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of Pittsburgh, Erie, and the Laurel Highlands (Haunted Series)

By Patty A. Wilson

Stackpole Books
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Haunted Western Pennsylvania: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of Pittsburgh, Erie, and the Laurel Highlands (Haunted Series)
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A collection of frightening stories from the western part of the Keystone State, including . . .
  • Hauntings at Bedford Springs Hotel
  • The Miracles of Prince Gallitzin
  • Sad spirit of Louisa at Fort Ligonier
  • The Black Cross
  • Liberace and the phantom nun
  • The spirits of Old Bedford Village


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