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The Civil War boosted the city's economy with increased iron and armament demand. With his introduction of the Bessemer steel making process, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, completed his rise from obscurity to become the richest man in the world. Carnegie began steel production in 1875

FUN FACTS ABOUT PittsburgH

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Pittsburgh is known as the "City of Bridges" because it has 446 Bridges which is more than Venice, Italy, or any other city in the world.

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The Andy Warhol Museum is the Largest Single-Artist museum in North America.

The Pittsburgh Suburbs were home to many
great NFL Quarterbacks including Joe Montana,
Dan Marino, John Unitas and Jim Kelly.

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We have our own Vocabulary: "Pittsburghese"

Most Popular: Yinz=You All Other's: Worsh'd=Washed, Pixburgh=Pittsburgh, N'at=And That, Jagoff=Jerk.

Great resource for even more! http://www.pittsburghese.com

Pittsburgh is also known as the 
"City of Champions." Look at our track record, you'll know why!

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Three Rivers! There's the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and these two rivers meet at "The Point" to form the Ohio River.

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Famous Foods from Pittsburgh. Plenty of foods that we all know and love started out right here in Pittsburgh. Like the Klondike Bar. And Heinz Ketchup. And even the Big Mac (which was “invented” near Pittsburgh in 1967).

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The stars in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ logo aren’t stars. They are hypocycloids. The logo was “borrowed” from U.S. Steel, which was based in the city.

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From 1891 to 1911, Pittsburgh was officially spelled without its “h”.

Pittsburgh is famous for its two inclined planes on Mount Washington, but at one point, there
were as many as
15 inclines in the city.

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New Years Eve, 1988, Mario Lemieux became the only
player in NHL History to Score 5 Goals in 5 Ways
. Even Strength, Shorthanded, Power Play, Penalty Shot,
and Empty Net.  

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The world’s first T-Rex Skeleton is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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In 1920, 80% of the glass made in the United States came from Pittsburgh.

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Because there weren’t enough players during the 1943-1944 season, the Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles combined for one season to play as the Steagles

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Babe Ruth hit the last three home runs of his career at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. It was his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years.

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Why are the bridges painted "Yellow"? Well, first of all, the bridges aren't painted yellow. They are painted -- ahem -- "Aztec gold." Yes, Aztec gold, the color that reflects the fact that we are, like that ancient civilization of Mexico, a people of the sun.

Couple other reasons are all of these bridges either connect to, or are not far from, the city's Golden Triangle. The city's colors are black and gold as well, having been established by an 1899 ordinance establishing "flags and colors for the city of Pittsburgh." 

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At a whopping 60 by 60 feet, the Duquesne Brewery Clock was the largest single-face clock in the world when it was installed in 1933 and has been used for several brand advertisements over the years, including Coca-Cola and AT&T. Currently its the 6th largest Clock. 

 

Originally located on a Mount Washington hillside, the clock was moved to the South Side in 1961 after being purchased by the Duquesne Brewing Company and has stayed there since. 

 

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PITTSBURGH’S FAVORITE ICED TEA
Founded in 1930, the Penn Hills-based company started producing its iced tea in 1972 and the recipe hasn't changed. Many workers in steel mill towns would take jars of brewed tea on the job to stay hydrated. The goal for us was to get steel mill workers something good to drink that they could easily pack and would give them much needed fuel to get through long grueling hours in the mills. As it got more popular with the workers and their families, more of our retail partners and home delivery customers wanted it as well. In the first year, we made 1,200 gallons. Presently, we make approximately 20,000 gallons a DAY! 

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The Cathedral of Learning is a 42-story skyscraper that serves as
the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's (Pitt) main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Standing at 535 feet, the 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral is the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere and the second-tallest university building (fifth-tallest educationally-purposed building) in the world,
after the main building of Moscow State University. It is also the
second-tallest gothic-styled building in the world, after the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. The Cathedral of Learning was commissioned in 1921 and ground was broken in 1926. The first class was held in the building in 1931 and its exterior finished in October 1934, prior to its formal dedication in June 1937. It is a Pittsburgh landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Pittsburgh is known for the city having the most steps in America, and second only in the world to Venice. The lesser known fact is the the city itself maintains 712 sets of steps, 44,645 threads (the actual tops of the steps), and 24,108 vertical feet of stairs.

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