Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874
Written & Compiled by K. R. Overholt Critchfield
Photographs Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018
~~ Published February 28, 2018 ~~


Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874; Entered according to act of Congress
in the year 1874 by OTTO KREBS in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


Western Pennsylvania's Burgeoning Industrial Revolution

The Otto Krebs lithograph above shows a bird's-eye view of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as seen from Mt. Washington, located in the city's South Side. Shown are the Monongahela River (sweeping the South Side) and the Allegheny River (delineating the city's North Side), both converging (at the extreme left) to create the Ohio River. The North Side community was originally known as Allegheny City, and in the right foreground is Birmingham. Over time, the triangle of land constituting Pittsburg, later spelled Pittsburgh, situated between the Al and the Mon, became known as The Golden Triangle.

Even in the early 1870s, there were numerous bridges linking all shores, busy railroad trains uploading and transporting coal, coke and other goods, like rye whiskey. The city had a wide docking area for incoming steamboats, sometimes stranded there, whenever the rivers were too low to support that mode of travel. And there were all kinds of factories burning tons of coal, turning the blue sky of Pennsylvania to steel gray. The growing population lived in small, coal-dusted homes, some of them lucky enough to live in neighborhoods surrounded by rapidly disappearing trees and bushes. This was the horrifying, and exciting, Western Pennsylvania Industrial Revolution.


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Top Left)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Top Center)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Top Right)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Tight Crop Lengthwise)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Bottom Left)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Bottom Center)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Landscape, Circa 1874 (Detail, Bottom Right)
Photograph Created & Edited by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2018


 

References

Pittsburgh in the American Civil War, Wikipedia
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_in_the_American_Civil_War)

Otto Krebs Lithograph, Pittsburgh, a bird's-eye view of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Mt. Washington
(https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pittsburgh_1874_Otto_Krebs.jpg)

 

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