Iconic Pittsburgh: The City's 30 Most Memorable People, Places and Things

Iconic Pittsburgh: The City's 30 Most Memorable People, Places and Things

by Paul King


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The Steel City has boasted some of the most famous figures, landmarks and innovations in the country's history. Pittsburgh's past is littered with dozens of fascinating stories behind the icons that define it. Mary Schenley was the city's biggest benefactress of the nineteenth century, gifting the site of the 425-acre park in her name, but her fortune was almost lost when she eloped at the age of fifteen. The first ever call-in radio talk show began at famed KDKA in 1951, inspiring the birth of an entire industry. Mount Washington offers tourists sweeping views of the city today, but it once supplied coal to Pittsburghers and was the site of a sixteen-year underground mine fire. Author Paul King lists the best people, places and things of Pittsburgh's grand history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467143592
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/17/2020
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,235,071
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul King is a native of Pittsburgh, raised on Mount Washington with a grand view of the three rivers, Point State Park, the North Side and the downtown skyline. A graduate of Duquesne University, he has been a journalist for more than forty years. He currently lives in Winooski, Vermont, with his wife, Karen, but Pittsburgh will always be home.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction: The Long Road Back Home 9

Part I People

1 Andrew Carnegie 15

2 Henry J. Heinz 20

3 David L. Lawrence 24

4 Mario Lemieux 27

5 Fred Rogers 31

6 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. 35

7 Mary Schenley 39

8 Dr. Thomas Starzl 43

9 Andy Warhol 46

10 George Westinghouse 51

11 August Wilson 55

Part II Places

12 Cathedral of Learning 61

13 Forbes Field 65

14 KDKA Radio 70

15 Kennywood Park 74

16 Mount Washington 77

17 Point State Park 81

18 The Civic Arena 85

19 The Strip District 90

20 U.S. Steel, Alcoa and PPG 93

21 WQED-TV 98

Part III Things

22 Bridges 105

23 Gulf Tower 110

24 Inclines 113

25 Iron City 120

26 Jazz 123

27 Kaufmann's Clock 126

28 Steel Mills 130

29 The Primanti Sandwich 135

30 The Terrible Towel 138

Bibliography 141

About the Author 143

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