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The Bridges of Pittsburgh

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Often called "The City of Bridges", Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city, including Venice, Italy. This is the definitive book on Pittsburgh's bridges by the same duo that brought you The Steps of Pittsburgh. The bridges are architectural and engineering marvels, soaring over rivers and valleys and contributing to the city's unique sense of place. The book honors them all and includes 150 contemporary and ...

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Overview

It's Official: 446 Bridges

Often called "The City of Bridges", Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city, including Venice, Italy. This is the definitive book on Pittsburgh's bridges by the same duo that brought you The Steps of Pittsburgh. The bridges are architectural and engineering marvels, soaring over rivers and valleys and contributing to the city's unique sense of place. The book honors them all and includes 150 contemporary and historical photos, tour maps, and historical drawings, along with detailed tables including The Big List identifying each and every bridge in the count.

Includes ten self-guided tours for walkers, cyclists, drivers, and boaters.

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Editorial Reviews

Bob Bailey
"If I was a tourist in Pittsburgh I would buy this book. It is saturated with Pittsburgh flavor, readily readable at any point to which you may open it, with a hand-friendly size and a modest price."
architect, Review for American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh's Columns magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977042920
  • Publisher: Local History Company, The
  • Publication date: 6/12/2006
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

PART I: BRIDGE BACKGROUND
1. Bridge Basics
2. Bridge Types
3. Bridge Vocabulary
4. Bridge History
5. Pittsburgh's Bridge Pioneers

PART II: THE CITY OF BRIDGES
6. The Head Count
7. Beyond Numbers
8. Pittsburgh Bridge Firsts and Accolades
9. Bridge Safety
10. Bridges in the Arts and Education
11. Bridges and Theoretical Mathematics
12. The Bridges: A Closer Look
13. The Big 'uns
14. Historic Big 'uns
15. Some Lesser Known Bridges
16. Railroad Bridges
17. Pedestrian Bridges
18. Tunnels (negative bridges)
19. Unique Pittsburgh Bridges
20. Under the Bridges and on the Rivers

PART III: BRIDGE TOURS
21. Driving Tour
22. Driving and Walking Tours
- Wilksboro Avenue Suspension Footbridge
- Windgap Suspension Footbridge
23. Walking Tours
- Downtown Walking Tour
- Schenley Park Trails Tour
24. Bicycle Tours
- Tour du Ponts-Sud (southern tour)
- Tour du Ponts-Nord (northern tour)
25. River Tours
- Downtown Excursion
- Upper MON Tour
- Upper AL Tour

Epilogue: The Future
Appendix I: The Herr's Island Bridge by David Tolge
Appendix II: The Big List: Bridges within or at the boundary of the City of Pittsburgh
References and Sources
Author and Photographer
Index
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