Remembering Pittsburgh by Len Barcousky

By Len Barcousky

The doomed Whiskey uprising, the good hearth that destroyed a 3rd of town in 1845 and Lincoln's speech urging citizens to shun speak of secession--all have made the pages of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its predecessors. due to the fact 1786, the paper has lined neighborhood occasions, and reporter Len Barcousky is part of this lengthy culture. This choice of his "Eyewitness" columns attracts on next-day tales to inform the background of the town, from President Coolidge's almost-silent stopover at in 1927 to a record at the first lady hanged in Allegheny County. sign up for Barcousky as he vividly recounts the compelling historical past of the metal urban.

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Trained as a surveyor, he paid close attention to topography, keeping his eye out for both fertile farmlands and places of military importance. A statue of young George Washington stands on guard in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Washington made his first visit to what became Pittsburgh in 1753. Courtesy Carol Morton of the Pittsburgh Press. While Washington was not the first European to visit what became Pittsburgh’s Point—where the Monongahela and the Allegheny join to form the Ohio River—he was the first to describe it.

This one became possible with the support of many parents. I am grateful to the top editors at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, especially publisher and editor in chief John Robinson Block and executive editor David M. Shribman. They both are committed to running stories that examine and seek to explain our past. I also am grateful to my immediate supervisors. They have included several north bureau chiefs and suburban editors who gave me time and encouragement to work on these pieces. Thanks also to the editors who have overseen the Post-Gazette’s Page 2 features—David Michelmore, John Allison and Gary Rotstein—where most of these stories originally appeared.

The next few days presented danger from humans and nature. On December 27, Washington and Gist had reached what is now Butler County. Washington wrote that he and Gist “fell in with a Party of French Indians, who had lain in Wait for us; one of them fired at Mr. ” George Washington made many visits to southwestern Pennsylvania, and he is remembered with several monuments. This equestrian statue is in West Park, on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Courtesy Robin Rombach of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ” They were using long poles to push themselves across when Washington was thrown into the freezing water.

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