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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

"Pittsburg, or Pittsburgh, a city and the capital of Alleghany co., Pa., and a port of delivery, is 354 miles W. by N. of Philadelphia, # miles S. of Erie, and 193 miles E. of Columbus. Lat. 40° 26' 34" N.; lon. 80° 2'38" W. Within the angle formed by the rivers Alleghany and Monongahela where they meet and give birth to the Ohio (the three rivers forming a water-line which, viewed from the W., resembles a letter Y, except that the Ohio trends some what to the N.) lies the original Pittsburg, the inner point being the site of the old Fort Du Quesne of the French, later of Fort Pitt, the nucleus of the city; looking inland from the point the land widens rapidly and at the same time rises slowly, but quite perceptibly, from the high-water level to an elevation of from 400 to 500 feet. Mostly upon this slope lies the closely-built-up portion of the city, with river-frontage on both the N.W. and the S.W., extending about 8 miles, with but a slight inclination northward in the Alleghany line, and two slight curves, first northward then southward, in that of the Monongahela. Until 1872 the city was bounded by the two rivers, but during that year it crossed the S.W. boundary by the annexation of the extensive manufacturing district formerly comprised in the boroughs of Temperanceville, Union, West Pittsburg, Allentown, Mount Washington, Birmingham, East Birmingham, Lower St. Clair, South Pittsburg, and Ormsby. In 1874 the city was further enlarged by annexing Wilkins township on the E...

It became a county town in 1791, was incorporated a borough in 1804, and was chartered as a city in 1816. Pop. in 1810,4768; in 1820, 7248; in 1830, 12,542; in 1840, 21,115; in 1860, 49,217; in 1870, 85,076... Pop. in 1880, 156,389; in 1890, 238,617."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott



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  • 1758 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1842 - September 18 - 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published

    historyorb.com

  • News 1845 - ANOTHER DISASTROUS FIRE IN PITTSBURG ! SIXTY TO SEVENTY HOUSES IN ASHES - ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TO TWO HUNDRED FAMILIES, COMPRISING SEVEN TO NINE HUNDRED PERSONS RENDERED HOUSELESS AND HOMELESS ! !
    Our city has again been the scene of another disastrous conflagration - more dreadful than the first as regards the actual suffering which will...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Pittsburg
    Pittsburg, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, is situated at the confluence of the Alleghany and...Read MORE...


  • 1856 - February 22 - 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)

    historyorb.com

  • News 1871 - Pittsburgh Factories
    Pittsburgh has thirty-two iron, nine steel, and two copper mills.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 14, 1871

  • 1877 - First national strike in U.S. began in Pittsburgh against Pennsylvania Railroad

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm

  • 1881 - November 15 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)

    historyorb.com

  • News 1889 - The Monongahela river coal works near Pittsburgh, Pa., resumed work on the 9th after a shut down of a week's duration, giving employment to six thousand men.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acidine
    Health Laboratories Inc, Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    1890s
    Heinz's Keystone Brand Sweet Pickles
    Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Union Station, PA. R.R. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 1893 - The Ferris Wheel was invented by the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bridge-builder George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859-1896) . The first Ferris wheel was opened on June 21, 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair.
    This Ferris wheel was 250 feet tall (the diameter of the wheel) - this is about the height of a 25 story building! It had 36 wooden cars that could...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...In Pittsburg.
    Pittsburg, Feb. 9. - The weather is growing colder and the local weather office has issued a bulletin predicting the worst blizzard ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Pittsburgh
    Pittsburg, or Pittsburgh, a city and the capital of Alleghany co., Pa., and a port of delivery, is 354 miles W. by N. of Philadelphia, # miles S. of...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - PITTSBURG BUILDING FALLS. THREE KILLED AND SIX BADLY INJURED BY THE COLLAPSE OF A BUSINESS STRUCTURE.
    Pittsburg, April 12. - Without warning and with a rush and a roar, the four-story brick building at the corner of Second Avenue and Wood Street,...Read MORE...


  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Removing the Hump, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 1901 - April 20 - Pittsburgh PA established April snow records of 12.7 inches in 24 hours, and 13.5 inches for the month.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1903 - October 1 – The first modern World Series in North American baseball, pitting the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates against Boston of the American League, begins at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 1, 1903

  • 1905 - The first all-motion-picture theater in the world was opened on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh on June 19, 1905, by John P. Harris and Harry Davis

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html

  • 1906
    Pittsburg, or Pittsburgh, a city and the capital of Allegheny oo., Pa., and a port of entry, is 260 miles (direct) W. by N. of Philadelphia, on the...Read MORE...


  • 1909 - The first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html

  • 1913 - In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html

  • 1920 - November 2 - KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on air as 1st commercial radio station

    historyorb.com

  • 1920 - September 29 - Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10

    historyorb.com

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    City County Building, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Boat House, Carnegie Lake, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 1924 - The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh opened . At that time the 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html

  • News 1927 - March 11 - 1st armored commercial car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh
    The first armored car robbery is committed by the Flatheads Gang near Pittsburgh.
    historyorb.com
    March 11, 1927

  • News 1931 - 30 DEAD, 20 MISSING MANY HURT IN PITTSBURGH FIRE. FEARED SHOCK WILL COST LIVES OF SURVIVORS IN HOME FOR THE AGED.
    Six of Missing Are Volunteer Rescue Workers - 80 Year Old Survivor Tells of Dropping to Knees and "Praying to God" - 250 Inmates in Building When...Read MORE...


  • News May 25, 1935: At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit the 714th, and last, home run of his career

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    May 25, 1935

  • 1936 - March 17 – March 18 – St. Patrick's Day Flood: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffers the worst flooding in its history.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 18, 1936

  • News 1938 - June 24 - 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    historyorb.com
    June 24, 1938

  • 1950 - November 25-26 - Storm produced record snowfall totals of 27.7 inches at Pittsburgh PA

    The Weather Channel

  • 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk, University of Pittsburg, announced successful testing of polio vaccine

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm



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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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1890s
Heinz's Keystone Brand Sweet Pickles
Pittsburgh, Penn.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Union Station, PA. R.R. Pittsburgh, Pa.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Acidine
Health Laboratories Inc, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Removing the Hump, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Boat House, Carnegie Lake, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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City County Building, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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  • 1758 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1842 - September 18 - 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published

    historyorb.com
  • News  1845 - ANOTHER DISASTROUS FIRE IN PITTSBURG ! SIXTY TO SEVENTY HOUSES IN ASHES - ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TO TWO HUNDRED FAMILIES, COMPRISING SEVEN TO NINE HUNDRED PERSONS RENDERED HOUSELESS AND HOMELESS ! !
    Our city has again been the scene of another disastrous conflagration - more dreadful than the first as regards the actual suffering which will... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Pittsburg
    Pittsburg, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, is situated at the confluence of the Alleghany and... Read MORE...

  • 1856 - February 22 - 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)

    historyorb.com
  • News  1871 - Pittsburgh Factories
    Pittsburgh has thirty-two iron, nine steel, and two copper mills.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 14, 1871
  • 1877 - First national strike in U.S. began in Pittsburgh against Pennsylvania Railroad

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • 1881 - November 15 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)

    historyorb.com
  • News  1889 - The Monongahela river coal works near Pittsburgh, Pa., resumed work on the 9th after a shut down of a week's duration, giving employment to six thousand men.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889
  • 1893 - The Ferris Wheel was invented by the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bridge-builder George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859-1896) . The first Ferris wheel was opened on June 21, 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair.
    This Ferris wheel was 250 feet tall (the diameter of the wheel) - this is about the height of a 25 story building! It had 36 wooden cars that could... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Pittsburgh
    Pittsburg, or Pittsburgh, a city and the capital of Alleghany co., Pa., and a port of delivery, is 354 miles W. by N. of Philadelphia, # miles S. of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...In Pittsburg.
    Pittsburg, Feb. 9. - The weather is growing colder and the local weather office has issued a bulletin predicting the worst blizzard ... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - PITTSBURG BUILDING FALLS. THREE KILLED AND SIX BADLY INJURED BY THE COLLAPSE OF A BUSINESS STRUCTURE.
    Pittsburg, April 12. - Without warning and with a rush and a roar, the four-story brick building at the corner of Second Avenue and Wood Street,... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - April 20 - Pittsburgh PA established April snow records of 12.7 inches in 24 hours, and 13.5 inches for the month.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1903 - October 1 – The first modern World Series in North American baseball, pitting the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates against Boston of the American League, begins at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 1, 1903
  • 1905 - The first all-motion-picture theater in the world was opened on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh on June 19, 1905, by John P. Harris and Harry Davis

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html
  • 1906
    Pittsburg, or Pittsburgh, a city and the capital of Allegheny oo., Pa., and a port of entry, is 260 miles (direct) W. by N. of Philadelphia, on the... Read MORE...

  • 1909 - The first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html
  • 1913 - In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html
  • 1920 - September 29 - Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10

    historyorb.com
  • 1920 - November 2 - KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on air as 1st commercial radio station

    historyorb.com
  • 1924 - The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh opened . At that time the 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ pennsylvania.html
  • News  1927 - March 11 - 1st armored commercial car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh
    The first armored car robbery is committed by the Flatheads Gang near Pittsburgh.
    historyorb.com
    March 11, 1927
  • News  1931 - 30 DEAD, 20 MISSING MANY HURT IN PITTSBURGH FIRE. FEARED SHOCK WILL COST LIVES OF SURVIVORS IN HOME FOR THE AGED.
    Six of Missing Are Volunteer Rescue Workers - 80 Year Old Survivor Tells of Dropping to Knees and "Praying to God" - 250 Inmates in Building When... Read MORE...

  • News  May 25, 1935: At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit the 714th, and last, home run of his career

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    May 25, 1935
  • 1936 - March 17 – March 18 – St. Patrick's Day Flood: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffers the worst flooding in its history.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 18, 1936
  • News  1938 - June 24 - 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    historyorb.com
    June 24, 1938
  • 1950 - November 25-26 - Storm produced record snowfall totals of 27.7 inches at Pittsburgh PA

    The Weather Channel
  • 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk, University of Pittsburg, announced successful testing of polio vaccine

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm

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