A history, a legacy.

Pride. Pittsburgh enables me to be exuberantly proud of where I hail from until the end of eternity. I’m lucky that my sense of adventure makes everything feel like home, however Pittsburgh gets the full credit for being my first love. I remember dying to get my license so I could test my skills weaving through Pittsburgh traffic and comprehending ridiculous directions all over the little towns. Pittsburgh is one of the few American cities to be spelled with an h at the end of a burg suffix.

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If you don’t know the history of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania allow me to enlighten you a bit. It’s like drunk history except I’m not drunk.

In Pontiac’s Rebellion native tribes conducted a siege of Fort Pitt for two months until Colonel Henry Bouquet’s victory at the Battle of Bushy Run. This has been attributed to the first use of biological warfare, as Lord Jeffrey Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in 1763 to the tribes surrounding the fort. Unlike the Europeans, the Native Americans had no acquired immunity to the new disease. As smallpox spread into other areas and infected other tribes, it killed between 400,000–500,000 (possibly up to 1.5 million) Native Americans.

The 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix allowed the Penns to purchase the modern region from the Iroquois. A 1769 survey of the land situated between the two rivers referenced the future city as the “Manor of Pittsburgh.” Both the Colony of Virginia and the Province of Pennsylvania claimed the region until 1780 when it was agreed to extend the Mason–Dixon line westward, placing Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

On March 8, 1771 Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created to govern the frontier.

On April 16, 1771, the city’s first civilian local government was created with Pitt Township. We are certainly a city who always learns from our mistakes and indifferences though.ecoSo, Ellis Island is located in Upper New York Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey (United States). In 1892 people were brought from all over the rest of the world believing that the United States was a safe haven with loads of promise and wealth to be found.

A flooding of people made their way to Pittsburgh and small towns popped up,  dividing towns by ethnicities at first. With a heightened interest in anthropology, this is really cool to me.

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Pittsburgh’s patchwork of neighborhoods still retain an ethnic character reflecting the city’s immigrant history.

  • German: Troy Hill, Mt. Washington, and East Allegheny (Deutschtown)
  • Italian: Brookline, Bloomfield (Pittsburgh’s Little Italy), Morningside, Oakland and Beechview
  • Polish and Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Switzerland -South Side, Lawrenceville, and Polish Hill
  • African American/Multiracial African American: Hill District, Homewood, and Larimer
  • Jewish: Squirrel Hill

And I could go on and on about my pride and love for the fact that Pittsburgh is now one of the greenest cities in comparison to 1901: Carnegie merged several companies into U.S. Steel. By 1911, Pittsburgh was the nation’s 8th-largest city, accounting for between a third and a half of national steel output. The city’s population swelled to over a half million with European immigration via Ellis Island. World War II saw area mills operate 24 hours a day to produce 95 million tons of steel, but also recorded the highest levels of air pollution in its almost century of industry.

The city’s reputation as the “arsenal of democracy” was being overshadowed by James Parton’s 1868 observation of Pittsburgh being “hell with the lid off.” The region is now a hub for both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sustainable energy, and energy extraction.

As a couple hundred years have passed, the culture of Pittsburgh has become more meshed yet still separate. I owe the city for sparking my interest in demographics and geography.

Pittsburgh has the second amount of bridges in the world next to Venice and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most SuperBowl rings in NFL history…

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Pittsburgh fanatics are the best people. We have a lot of them, many people refer to America as Steeler Nation and I’m not being completely biased I promise.

Upon moving to Colorado and traveling across the US three times, you learn Pittsburgh sports fans are in every crevasse and crease of the United States. When I left for New Zealand, I learned the meaning of the Terrible Towel even more by connecting with people every time I took out that bright yellow meaningful towel. So much in fact that I decided to create TravelingTerribleTowel

 

It’s easy to connect with people when such a glorious state is so near and dear to the hearts of many.

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There is such a rich history of the city of Pittsburgh and you can especially feel it when you head to the city on game day. Game day. It doesn’t matter who’s playing what. Whether the burgh is playing football, hockey, or baseball you know it, you can see it, you can feel it, you can sense it. And when we’re lucky enough to make it to October with all 3 sports in action, that’s just something you can’t explain. It’s been truly a blessing moving to all around to make me realize the extent of pride I show for my hometown as well as others. Buy your own towel!

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