"The Start of the East" Pittsburgh by yooperprof

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One of My Favorite American Cities

When I lived in Wheeling West Viriginia I would drive up to Pittsburgh every chance I could get. Happily, it was only about an hour to the "Golden Triangle" from my apartment, and it was possible to go very frequently. I always felt glad to get out of West Virginia, and Pittsburgh seemed incredibly cosmopolitan, diverse, and even elegant after the questionable banality of Wheeling. Oh - and I dated a cute guy in Pittsburgh. So I have good memories of the place.

Three Rivers: the Monongahela and the Allegheny combine to form the Ohio - which then flows northward for 35 miles until it levels out and then begins its general southerly flow toward the Mississippi. The rivers are crossed by a lot of bridges, and it can be a challenge to figure out how to get on or off them - they don't always go where you think they should. I love the rivers of Pittsburgh: their confluence here is the reason why this is an important place.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Hills, tunnels, and bridges
  • Cons:It's very confusing to drive in Pittsburgh
  • In a nutshell:Where the Monongahela meets the Allegheny
  • Last visit to Pittsburgh: May 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jul 23, 2006 at 5:39 PM

    Interesting stuff. Some I didn't know about. Thanks. Great pages. I stayed at th eOmni when it was the William Penn nice room but I was out most of the night.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    Hi Chet, with a view to the upcoming G20 meeting the German papers have started running articles on Pittsburgh, so I thought I'd come and get your take on it. Nice tips, and I like your "Sunday morning quiet" photo.

  • Gammy1968's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 6:42 AM

    I have only been through the airport a couple of times when visiting my in-laws further up north PA so itīs always good to read what I should come see some day! Claudia

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2004 at 8:40 PM

    Chet, another very interesting group of pages about a fascinating city. Loved your introduction. Enjoyed the cemetery photos and info.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 9:16 AM

    Great memories here from the four years I lived in Pennsylvania.

  • Zmrzlina's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2004 at 4:39 PM

    Love your Pittsburgh pages. I am brand new to the city and absolutely adore it.


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