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by Kenzie
Rated: E · Photo Album · Biographical · #1202853
Pittsburgh, PA. Where I was born and raised.
Here are some great pictures of Pittsburgh, PA. My hometown. I didn't realize how beautiful it was when I lived there. *Smile*

At one time, there were 17 inclines in Pittsburgh. Now only two remain - the Duquense and Monongahela inclines. The Duquesne Incline is operated by the Society for the Preservation of The Duquesne Heights Incline. Here's a link: http://incline.pghfree.net/historycover.htm The Monongahela Incline is operated by the Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County. http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/CustomerInfo/Inclines/tabid/119/Default.aspx

Pittsburgh, PA is often called the City of Bridges. It's no wonder. I believe there are over 700 bridges in the city and over 1900 in Allegheny County. http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/pictures/l/bl_bridge_1.htm

Here's a virtual tour of Pittsburgh Architecture. It includes Fallingwater, located about 1 1/2 hours south of downtown Pittsburgh. Fallingwater was designed in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wrighthttp://pittsburgh.about.com/od/pictures/ig/architecture/index.htm

Now, just click on one of the pictures below to see an enlarged view.

Pittsburgh form the Duquesne Incline ~ Years ago, there were 17 inclines in Pittsburgh.  There are two left - the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline.

As elementary students, we had to learn to spell the names of the three rivers:  Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio.
Monongahela Incline ~ Years ago, there were 17 inclines in Pittsburgh.  There are two left - the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline.
Pittsburgh skyline ~ Another beautiful hometown picture.
Downtown Pittsburgh ~ Downtown Pittsburgh, taken from Mt. Washington.
Downtown Pittsburgh ~ Pittsburgh after dark.
Pittsburgh Night Lights ~ More Pittsburgh at night.
Pittsburgh at Night ~ Pittsburgh at night.
Pittsburgh at Night ~ Downtown Pittsburgh at night.
Downtown Pittsburgh ~ Panoramic view.
Cathedral of Learning ~ Cathedral of Learning (University of Pittsburgh) at night.
High Atop the Cathedral of Learning ~ View from the Cathedral of Learning in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, PA,
Kennywood Park Entrance ~ When I was a kid, there were two large amusement parks in the Pittsburgh area - Westood and Kennywood.  Only Kennywood Park remains.

Kennywood is really in West Mifflin, about 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.  Kennywood is one of two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the other being Coney Island. It was founded in 1898 as a small trolley park begun by the Monongahela Street Railway Company, which was controlled by Andrew Mellon. 

We had our yearly school picnics at Kennywood.  We rode the trolley to get there and it seemed to take forever!  Dad would join us after work and not long after eatin...
Kennywood Clock ~ At Kennywood - the amusement park - near Pittsburgh.  Once we were old enough to not have to be tied to our parents, this clock was important.  We used it to keep track of time (if we didn't wear watches).  We also used it as a meeting place.  "Meet me at the clock at 4 p.m."  Our parents insisted that we check in with them from time to time.  They often stayed in the picnic area of the park, in the shade.
Noah's Ark at Kennywood Park ~ Boy was this a scary "ride" when we were young.  I've read that there were once quite a few Noah's Arks at amusement parks around the US.  I believe this is the only one remaining.
The Racer at Kennywood Park ~ I'm sure this seems like a tame ride today.  But it is still there.  See the two roller coaster trains running side by side?  Sometimes the blue cars would win; sometimes the red ones.
Jack Rabbit at Kennywood Park ~ I think I read somewhere that this roller coaster was built in 1921 and cost $50,000 to build.  It's still a good ride.
Thunderbolt at Kennywood Park ~ I think when I first strarted riding the "big" roller coasters (as oppoed to the kiddie rides), this was the Pippin.  I think it changed to the Thunderbolt in the late 1960's.  It surely seemed fast back then.  It's still a good ride.

I'm not sure which roller coaster I was riding in about 8th grade when I had a wonderful experience.  It was just starting to sprinkle a bit, and the rides had not been closed.  They were waiting to see if the rain would get worse, I guess.  But there was just enough rain to make stopping the ride hard for the ride attendants.  I guess the brakes were wet.  We rode that rolle...
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