Remembering Pittsburgh: An

Remembering Pittsburgh: An "Eyewitness" History of the Steel City

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ISBN-13: 9781609490089
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Series: American Chronicles Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 831,795
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Len Barcousky started writing for newspapers in 1970 and has never stopped. Along the way, he took breaks to earn degrees at Penn State in English and at Columbia University in business. Since 1986, he has been a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the oldest newspaper west of the Allegheny Mountains. He and his family live in Ben Avon, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Stories That "Travel," David M. Shribman 11

Preface: Finding the First Drafts of Pittsburgh History 13

Acknowledgements 17

Introduction: The Real Gateway to the West 19

1 The Great and the Good

1753: Washington Gets to the Point 27

1825: Pittsburgh Honors Lafayette, "the Nation's Guest" 31

1861: Lincoln Looks South 33

1919: H.J. Heinz: A Giant Passes 38

1927: Silent Cal Speaks-Briefly 41

1936: Roosevelt Versus Landon, Knox and Coughlin 43

2 Bad Guys-and One Gal

1818: No Jail Could Hold This Pittsburgh Thief 47

1858: Woman Who Killed Faces the Hangman 50

1869: A Shady Stranger on a Train 54

3 Wars, Revolutions and Rebellions

1755: Life and Sudden Death at Fort Duquesne 57

1763: Bouquet's Victory 60

1763: Fort Pitt Survives Flood, Siege 63

1794: The Whiskey Rebellion Fails; Hugh Henry Brackenridge Survives 65

1863: As Lee Moves North, Pittsburgh Digs In 68

1941: Saddened Mother Learns the Dual Meaning of "Aloha" 70

4 Pittsburgh's Progress

1758: The City Gets a Name 73

1786: First Newspaper West of the Alleghenies 76

1800: Jeffersonians Speak Loudly 79

1804: Pittsburgh Almanack Mixes Practical, Poetic 81

1811: Twenty-one Hundred Miles by Steamboat to New Orleans 85

1845: "Fearful Calamity"-a Great Fire-Burns Itself Out 87

1854: Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in-Gulp-a Day 89

1856: Republicans Get Their Act Together Downtown 91

1908: "Ceremonies, Pleasant Rioting" Mark City's 150th Birthday 94

5 Pittsburgh Makes...

1862: No Exaggerating Horrors of Arsenal Explosion 97

1877: Rumors, Ruins Remain After Rail Strike 100

1881: Gompers Helps Workers of the U.S. Unite 105

1891: Dark, Deadly Days Underground 107

1894: Mr. Coxey Goes to Washington 110

6 City with a Conscience

1859: Split Decision on Slavery 113

1864: Civil War Relief Effort More Than "Fair" 115

1869: Pittsburgh "Marriage" Heals Presbyterian Split 117

1889: Canute on the Little Conemaugh 120

1914: When Billy Sunday Preached, 1.6 Million Listened 122

1920: Election Marks Firsts for Women, Radio 124

1927: Symphony Out of Tune with Blue Laws 127

7 Now, That's Entertainment

1823: Frontier Pittsburgh Pursues Culture 131

1851: Jenny Lind Leaves Pittsburgh Wanting More 133

1860: A Runaway Balloon Means "Pittsburgh, We Have a Problem" 135

1867: No Joy in Pittsburgh When Rower Claims a Foul 138

1890: Nellie Bly Comes Home 141

1903: Something Dangerous to Do in the Dark 143

1912: Miss Russell, a New Bride, Advises 146

1927: Stunt Driver Inclined to Test Himself 149

Bibliography and Further Reading 153

Index 155

About the Author 159

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