Pittsburgh s Bridges

Author: Todd Wilson PE
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439653895
Format: PDF
Download Now
Pittsburgh is the “City of Bridges,” and what remarkable bridges they are! The area’s challenging topography of deep ravines and mighty rivers—the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio—set the stage for engineers, architects, and contractors to conquer the terrain with a variety of distinctive spans. Many were designed to be beautiful as well as functional. While other cities may have one signature bridge, Pittsburgh has such a wide variety that no single bridge can represent it. Pittsburgh’s Bridges takes a comprehensive look at the design, construction, and, sometimes, demolition of the bridges that shaped Pittsburgh, ranging from the covered bridges of yesterday to those that define the skyline today.

The Bridges of Pittsburgh

Author: Bob Regan
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780977042920
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
Documents Pittsburgh's status as the "City of Bridges" (it has more bridges at 446 than any other city in the WORLD). Includes background on the history and types of bridges; profiles Pittsburgh's bridge pioneers (Roebling, Lindenthal, Ferris, Richardson); explores historical and contemporary bridges; looks at the variety of bridge types and styles; describes several unique Pittsburgh bridges; and includes 10 self-guided tours.

Pittsburgh s Mansions

Author: Melanie Linn Gutowski
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439642478
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
In the 19th century, the positioning of Pittsburgh as a major manufacturing center and the subsequent rise of the area’s steel industry created a wave of prosperity that prompted the beneficiaries of that wealth to construct extravagant residences. Wealthy enclaves sprang up in the city’s East End, across the river in neighboring Allegheny City, and into the countryside. Pittsburgh’s Mansions explores the stately homes of the area’s prominent residents from the 1830s through the 1920s. Businessmen such as H.J. Heinz, Henry Clay Frick, and members of the Mellon family commissioned elaborate homes from the preeminent architects of their day. Firms such as Alden & Harlow, Janssen & Abbott, and Rutan & Russell left their marks on the city’s landscape, often contributing iconic public buildings as well as expansive private homes. Though many of the residences have since been lost, Pittsburgh’s Mansions offers a look back at the peak of the city’s prominence.

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Author: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453234098
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s “astonishing” debut novel, about a son’s struggle to find his own identity and integrity (The New York Times). Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Moonglow, and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, is one of the most acclaimed talents in contemporary fiction. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, published when Chabon was just twenty-five, is the beautifully crafted debut that propelled him into the literary stratosphere. Art Bechstein may be too young to know what he wants to do with his life, but he knows what he doesn’t want: the life of his father, a man who laundered money for the mob. He spends the summer after graduation finding his own way, experimenting with a group of brilliant and seductive new friends: erudite Arthur Lecomte, who opens up new horizons for Art; mercurial Phlox, who confounds him at every turn; and Cleveland, a poetry-reciting biker who pulls him inevitably back into his father’s mobbed-up world. A New York Times bestseller, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was called “astonishing” by Alice McDermott, and heralded the arrival of one of our era’s great voices. This ebook features a biography of the author.

Pittsburgh Irish Erin on the Three Rivers

Author: Gerard F. O'Neil
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1626198292
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
Presbyterians from the Irish province of Ulster were among the first to push the wild frontier west and found the city of Pittsburgh. By the 1840s, the flow of Irish Catholic immigrants had become a flood. Fleeing the great hunger and facing resentment in the city, they established themselves as key members of the community, building railroads and canals and establishing schools, hospitals and fraternal orders. During the Civil War, 156 women, many of them Irish, made the ultimate sacrifice for their new country when the Allegheny Arsenal exploded. The Fenians fought Southern Rebels under a green flag and made a little-known invasion of Canada in 1866. In the twentieth century, the sons and daughters of Erin took on roles as political leaders, labor agitators and entrepreneurs. Exploring tales of saints, sinners and visionaries, author Gerard F. O'Neil offers a beguiling and fascinating history of the Pittsburgh Irish.

Pittsburgh Steps

Author: Bob Regan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493013858
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
"Today the City of Pittsburgh has more municipal inclines than any other U.S. city and more city steps and bridges that any other city in the world. Undoubtedly the most unique of these transportation solutions is the city steps. Pittsburgh has hundreds of streets complete with street signs, and often times houses, that are composed entirely of steps.Pittsburgh Steps is part historical record for the armchair climber and part guided for active step trekkers"--

Allegheny City

Author: Dan Rooney
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780822963134
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
Allegheny City, known today as Pittsburgh's North Side, was the third-largest city in Pennsylvania when it was controversially annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Dan Rooney, longtime North Side resident, joins local historian Carol Peterson in creating this highly engaging history of the cultural, industrial, and architectural achievements of Allegheny City from its humble beginnings until the present day. The authors cover the history of the city from its origins as a simple colonial outpost and agricultural center, to its rapid emergence alongside Pittsburgh as one of the most important industrial cities in the world and an engine of the American economy. Supplemented by historic and contemporary photos, the authors take the reader on a fascinating and often surprising street-level tour of this colorful, vibrant, and proud place.

Lost Steel Plants of the Monongahela River Valley

Author: Robert S. Dorsett
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 146713466X
Format: PDF
Download Now
Pittsburgh's Monongahela River is named after the Lenape Indian word Menaonkihela, meaning "where banks cave and erode." The name is fitting: for over a century, these riverbanks were lined with steel plants and railroads that have now "caved and eroded" away. By the 1880s, Carnegie Steel was the world's largest manufacturer of iron, steel rails, and coke. However, in the 1970s, cheap foreign steel flooded the market. Following the 1981-1982 recession, the plants laid off 153,000 workers. The year 1985 saw the beginning of demolition; by 1990, seven of nine major steel plants had shut down. Duquesne, Homestead, Jones & Laughlin, and Eliza Furnace are gone; only the Edgar Thomson plant remains as a producer of steel. The industry could be said to have built and nearly destroyed the region both economically and environmentally. While these steel plants are lost today, the legacy of their workers is not forgotten.

The Smithsonian s History of America in 101 Objects

Author: Richard Kurin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143128159
Format: PDF
Download Now
The Smithsonian is called, rightly, America's attic; it is the country's largest, most beloved and important repository for the objects that define its common heritage. How fitting then that the Smithsonian is bringing its best together, to arrive at a list of 101 objects through which to tell the great story of America's history. From Abraham Lincoln's top hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers, Harriet Tubman's hymnal to the first computer, these gorgeously photographed objects and artworks touch on every hallmark of the American story.