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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.

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~ Bum Phillips (opposing coach) 1979

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A traditional Primanti Brothers sandwich
Primanti Brothers (, ), founded in 1933, is a chain of sandwich shops found throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its suburbs, with an additional three locations in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Its signature items are its sandwiches, considered a Pittsburgh staple, which consist of grilled meat, a vinegar-based cole slaw, tomato 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.

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Hugh Henry Brackenridge
Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748 – June 25, 1816) was an American writer, lawyer, judge, 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.

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Kennywood Carousel
Kennywood is an amusement park located in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, eight miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The park first opened in 1898 as a trolley park for the Monongahela Street Railway Company. Along with Rye Playland Park, it is one of only two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The park features a nostalgic atmosphere and is home to several historic wooden roller coasters as well as highly regarded modern steel coasters. Kennywood ranked second to Cedar Point in the category of "Favorite Park" in Theme Park Magazine's 2004 Reader's Choice Awards. It was also the location for the 2009 film Adventureland.

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Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club base in Pittsburgh since 1882. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions, in addition to the distinction of playing in the first modern World Series. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or sometimes the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate).

The franchise moved to the National League in its sixth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three National League titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the very first World Series and winning a World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees on a walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series behind Roberto Clemente and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell.

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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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