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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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~ Paul Goldberger The New York Times 1988

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Sunset over downtown Pittsburgh

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View of Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Street Bridges from downriver
The Three Sisters are three very similar self-anchored suspension bridges spanning the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 6th, 7th, and 9th streets, generally running north/south. The bridges have been given formal names to honor important Pittsburgh residents:

Designed by the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, they were all built in a four year period, from 1924 to 1928, by the American Bridge Company, replacing earlier bridges of various designs at the same sites. Their construction was mandated by the War Department, citing navigable river clearance concerns. They are constructed of steel, and use steel eyebars in lieu of cables.

The Three Sisters are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans, built in the United States. They are among the only surviving examples of large eyebar chain suspension bridges in America, and furthermore, unusual for having been erected using cantilever methods. The bridges' design was viewed as a creative response to the political, commercial, and aesthetic concerns of Pittsburgh in the 1920s.

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Rachel Carson
Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 - April 14, 1964) from Springdale near Pittsburgh was an American marine biologist and nature writer whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson started her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her financial security and recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the republished version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. Together, her sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy--leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides--and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. Her childhood home is preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also near Pittsburgh, a 35.7 miles (57 km) hiking trail was dedicated to Carson and one of the city's Three Sisters bridges was renamed in her honor.

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Kayak on Pittsburgh river
North Shore Riverfront Park is a small municipal park along the north banks of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers across from Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It is a parcel of Three Rivers Park, the city's urban waterfront park along its rivers that provides a continuous green trail link between existing and future riverfront destinations including the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the Three Sisters bridges. The approximately one mile (1.6 km) long park offers walking and biking trails with unobstructed vistas of the cityscape. Boat tie-ups are located along the park to encourage water recreation. In front of each stadium is a large cobblestone quay that handles canoes and kayaks, as well as larger vessels.

Other features include Kayak Pittsburgh which supplies kayaks and bikes for rental, the Water Steps (an interactive fountain), and the Market Street Pier. North Shore Riverfront Park also houses three memorials: the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

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Duquesne Dukes
The Duquesne Dukes is the name of the athletic teams of Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh. Duquesne fields varsity teams in NCAA Division I in Atlantic 10 Conference and also fields Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football and more recently Women's Basketball. Dukes Football began in 1893 and had a rich history with two appearances in present day BCS bowls and five seasons in the top 25 AP Poll. More recently the FCS squad has claimed 11 MAAC titles.

Duquesne's most popular and successful sport though remains men's basketball, which plays games at the A. J. Palumbo Center and began play in 1914. Duquesne's men's basketball team has appeared in 21 postseason tournaments including the 1940 Final Four and made back-to-back appearances in the National Invitation Tournament in 1954 and winning it all in 1955. The basketball team has a major cross-town rivalry, termed the City Game, with the Pitt Panthers.

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