Pittsburgh ( PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.
Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.
(, ), founded in 1933, is a chain of sandwich
shops found throughout Pittsburgh
and its suburbs, with an additional three locations in the Fort Lauderdale
area. Its signature items are its sandwiches, considered a Pittsburgh staple, which consist of grilled meat
, a vinegar
-based cole slaw
slices, and French fries
between two pieces of Italian bread. The original shop is located in Pittsburgh's Strip District
, and the unique sandwiches were created for truckers so that they eat a meal with one hand while the driving with the other.
Hugh Henry Brackenridge
(1748 – June 25, 1816) was an American writer
, and justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
A frontier citizen in Pittsburgh, he was elected in 1786 to the Pennsylvania state assembly, where he fought for the adoption of the federal Constitution, and obtained state endowments in 1787 for the establishment of the Pittsburgh Academy (University of Pittsburgh). He also played a role in the little known Westsylvania dispute, siding with Pennsylvania that the western lands should not become a 14th state. He lost a bid for re-election because he opposed popular sentiment in supporting federal controls, and he also nearly lost his life when he attempted to mediate the Whiskey Rebellion. He was largely responsible for the formation of Allegheny County and was appointed him a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1799. As an author, he collaborated on what may be the first work of prose fiction written in America, Father Bombo's Pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote several other titles including Modern Chivalry.
On this day in Pittsburgh history...
- (1786) The region hosts its 1st sports event--horse races--sponsored by the Jockey Club with over $2,884ia of winnings.
- (1903) A crane collapses on construction of the Wabash Bridge as 10 workers die.
- (1928) The Roberto Clemente Bridge opens.
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