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Allegheny County

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Early Days in Allegheny County, PA, which includes the City of Pittsburgh, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 88 Page Booklet, reprinted from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) Besides Pittsburgh (Pittsburg), Allegheny County encompasses the past and/or present communities of 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. Among the many and diverse subjects taken from these books are: Physical features and geological traits; Early Settlers and population origins; Industries; Iron and other Minerals; Transportation; 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 bits of history and trivia. The fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress shortly after World War II. 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).

Allegheny County, PA
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Sources: History of Allegheny County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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