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Old St. Luke’s

Posted in Churches, History, Scott Township, Woodville by Dr. Boli on October 12, 2014

This colonial-era congregation in what is now Scott Township found itself at the center of the Whiskey Rebellion, which began when General John Neville, a church member and an old pal of President Washington’s, was appointed tax collector. The current stone building was put up in 1852, but the congregation was founded in 1765.

Brewer’s Block, Fifth Avenue

Posted in History by Dr. Boli on August 5, 2014


This imposing (for 1860) edifice seems to have stood at the lower end of Fifth Avenue. From a Directory of Pittsburg and Allegheny Cities for 1860-1861.

Pittsburgh in 1860

Posted in History by Dr. Boli on August 5, 2014


pittsburgh-schuchman-sAdvertising William Schuchman’s lithography, from  a Directory of Pittsburg and Allegheny Cities for 1860-1861.

Washington Crossing the Allegheny, 1753

Posted in History, Rivers by Dr. Boli on August 3, 2014


From American Scenery, 1854 (almost exactly a century after the event depicted here). —Young Washington’s raft capsized on the way over, and he nearly drowned. He could have just used the Fortieth Street Bridge, but George had to do everything the hard way.

Hotel Schenley

Posted in History, Oakland by Dr. Boli on July 8, 2014


From the Pittsburgh and Allegheny Blue Book, 1899-1900. This building is now the William Pitt Student Union, having been absorbed, like much of the rest of Oakland, into the University of Pittsburgh.


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