The Transformation of Pittsburgh, PA

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Pittsburgh is a city in the state of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Allegheny County. The city spans 58.34 square miles and hosts approximately 305,704 residents with a population density of 5,422.67 per square mile, making it the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania and 66th most populous city in the United States.


Pittsburgh was founded and named In 1758. General John Forbes named the city after British statesman of the Whig group William Pitt who served as the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Pittsburgh is commonly known and designated by the federal government as the Lewis and Clark Expedition starting point. The United States expedition to cross the newly acquired western portion of the country following the Louisiana Purchase.

Following the American Revolution, Pittsburgh continued to grow due to one of its earliest industries: boat building for settlers of the Ohio Country.

By 1784, Thomas Viceroy completed a town plan for Pittsburgh, which the Penn family attorney quickly approved. In 1785, Pittsburgh became a possession of Pennsylvania, and the following year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette began.

During the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, unrest brewed due to federal troops being sent into the area. By 1797, glass manufacture began, presenting new job opportunities. The population grew to around 1,400.

During the War of 1812, when America cut off the supply of British goods, Pittsburgh began producing significant quantities of iron, brass, tin, and glass. By March 18th, 1816, the area officially became a city and was served by several steamboats, which increased trading along the rivers.

Pittsburgh saw a surge of Welsh immigrants in the 1830s following the Merthyr Rising, the violent climax to many years of unrest among the working-class population of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

By 1840, due to the influx of immigrants, Pittsburgh became one of the largest cities west of the Allegheny Mountains.

During The American Civil War, Pittsburgh became one of the main suppliers of iron and armament due to the demand by the Union.

In 1875, Andrew Carnegie began steel production at the Edgar Thomson Steel Works, which evolved into the Carnegie Steel Company. Manufacturing proved to be the key to building up Pittsburgh. The railroad lines built along the river increased trade and transport, and by the mid-1900s, the city's industrial jobs attracted European immigrants, and Pittsburgh's population vastly increased.

Today, Pittsburgh provides residents with lively city life and continues to see housing property value rise. Pittsburgh has seen great economic transformation, so much so that it inspired President Obama to host the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit, the third meeting of the G20 heads of state/heads of government to discuss financial markets and the world economy.

Culture in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a rich history, but it is also a fantastic location to experience the arts and different cultures. If you're a person who enjoys theatre, make sure to check out:

Market Square

  • Located in Downtown Pittsburgh at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Market Street, Market Square is a public space that was home to the first courthouse and the first theater in 1812.

Kuntu Repertory Theatre

  • Primarily a primarily student-based, African-American repertory theatre, Kuntu Repertory Theatre was founded in 1974 at the University of Pittsburgh to showcase the playwright Rob Penny.

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