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"Ft Pitt: Where It All Began" Pittsburgh Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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For many centuries, Indian tribes converged on this point, where the Ohio River begins, to trade. In the mid-18th century, British and French forts were built all over this contested area.

In the 1753, a young colonial army officer named George Washington toured the area, and recommended that a fort be constructed at the juncture of the rivers. The British began building Ft Pitt here. It was named for then-Prime Minister William Pitt. But the French and their Indian allies took it, and held it for a few years. At the conclusion of the French and Indian War, in 1759, the British finally retook it.

This place is now simply called The Point. Old Ft Pitt is undergoing extensive restoration, and the fountain is shut off, too. But the museum remains open. Despite the work, it's well worth a visit.

Address: 101 Commonwealth Place, Point State Park
Directions: At The Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers converge, in downtown Pittsburgh. Park on Short St, and take the walkway under the Ft Pitt Bridge. See the website for a map with detailed directions.
Phone: (412)-281-9284

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 2, 2007
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