Father Pitt

The Great Floyd Gun, Cast at the Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh

Posted in History by Dr. Boli on November 13, 2014

From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 25, 1860. —Knapp, Rudd, & Co. cast this thing, which was considered one of the wonders of the age.

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

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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

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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.

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