Where Pirates and Steelers would one day dwell...
The history of Allegheny County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 81 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find books: the 1843 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania by Sherman Day, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by William Egle, M.D., and Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State, a WPA project published in 1940. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover.
The communities mentioned include: Pittsburgh (Pittsburg), Manchester, Birmingham, Wilkinsburgh, Sligo, Laurenceville, East Liberty, Minersville, Sharpsburg, Stewartstown, Elizabethtown, Shousetown, McKeesport, Noblestown (Noblesboro), Bakerstown, Tarentum, Allegheny City, Howardsville, Perritsport, Perrysville, Middleton, Jeffriestown,
East Elizabeth, West Elizabeth, Mansfield, Pitcairn, Crafton, Moon Run, Natrona Heights, Brackenridge, Creighton, New Kensington, Springdale, Cheswick, Harmarville, Oakmont, Blawnox, Aspinwall, East Pittsburgh, Etna, Bridgeville, Treveskyn, Leetsdale, Edgeworth, Sewickley, Emsworth, Ben Avon, Avalon, Bellevue, Homestead, Munhall, Rankin, Braddock, Swissvale, Duquesne, Clairton, Warrendale, Glassport, Westview, Carnegie, Millvale, Coraopolis, McKees Rocks, Brentwood, Elizabeth, and East McKeesport.
The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or emphasis.
Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers; the Plan of Fort Pitt; Fort Duquesne; "Dastardly behavior of Regular Troups" at the Battle at Braddock's Field in the French and Indian War; excerpts from George Washington's Letters; Iron, Steel, Oil and Coal; Growth of Pittsburgh; World's Reaction to the "Port of Pittsburg"; the Effect of Steamboats; Early Judges and Lawyers, including Hugh Henry Breckenridge, James Ross and Henry Baldwin; the Allegheny Arsenal; Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mellon Institute, University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning, and other Educational Institutions; Stephen Collins Foster Memorial Building; River Activities; a small map of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle with Points of Interest; Strike at Homestead; a ghostly art critic, and other interesting bits of history and trivia.
ILLUSTRATIONS include the Pittsburgh from the Northwest (full page), Pittsburgh looking up the Ohio (full page), Western University of Pennsylvania, Western Theological Seminary at Allegheny City, Braddock's Field, Redoubt at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Court House, Pittsburgh City Hall, Western Penitentiary in Allegheny City (2 views)