Portal:Pittsburgh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Portal

Pittsburgh skyline7.jpg

Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and its metropolitan area ranks as the largest in both Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley while being the 22nd largest urban area in the United States.

Pittsburgh is dominated by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which form the Ohio River. This strategic juncture was a major site of the North American theater of the Seven Years' War, with Great Britain winning control in 1758 to establish Fort Pitt in honor of "The Great Commoner", William Pitt. Following the American Revolution, the area grew as an important transportation center and primary gateway to the American frontier. 19th century coal and iron production made Pittsburgh into the world leader of steel and by 1910 the city was the eighth largest in the United States. With the collapse of American industries in the 1980s, Pittsburgh lost population but has successfully transitioned its economy into a world leader of healthcare, technology, education, and financial services.

Pittsburgh is known colloquially as "The Steel City", for its continued leadership in steel production, as well as "The City of Bridges" for its world record 466 structures. The city's official colors of black and gold are so symbolic that all pro-sports teams from the area, the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers have also adopted them. Multiple publications have named Pittsburgh the "most livable city" in the United States for its low crime, affordability, and plentiful educational, cultural, and recreational amenities with its skyline vistas ranked by USA Today as second only to the Grand Canyon.

Selected quote


~ Roberto Clemente

more Pittsburgh quotes at Wikiquote!

Selected picture

DuquesnePittsburghSkyline.JPG
Photo credit: Alekjds
View of downtown Pittsburgh from Duquesne University

Selected article

Steelers fans wave Towels at Heinz Field
The Terrible Towel is a fan symbol associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football team in the National Football League (NFL). Created in 1975 by then Steelers radio broadcaster Myron Cope, the Towel has since become "arguably the best-known fan symbol of any major pro sports team".[1] Since its invention, The Terrible Towel has spread in popularity; fans take their Towel to famous sites while on vacation. The Towel has been taken to the peak of Mount Everest, into space on the International Space Station and seen on Saturday Night Live. It is widely recognized as a symbol of the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.[2][3]

Proceeds from sales of the Towel have raised over US$3 million for a Pennsylvania school which cares for people with mental retardation and physical disabilities. The Terrible Towel is credited with being the first "rally towel" and its success has given rise to similar products promoting other teams.[4] Numerous versions have been produced; almost all are black and gold in color with the words "Myron Cope's Official The Terrible Towel" printed on the front. In October 2009 a pink Terrible Towel was sold to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Selected biography

George Benson
George Benson (born March 22, 1943), born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, is a multi Grammy Award winning American musician, whose recording career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist. He is also known as a pop, R&B, and scat singer. This one-time child prodigy topped the Billboard 200 in 1976 with the triple-platinum album, Breezin', the first jazz release to go Platinum. "This Masquerade" won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the live take of "On Broadway", recorded two years later from the 1978 release Weekend in L.A., also won a Grammy. He was also a major live attraction in the UK during the 1980s. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

Selected attraction

Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center, located in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, opened in 1991, however the museum's history dates to 1939. The Science Center is the most visited museum in Pittsburgh. Among its attractions are the newly constructed Buhl Digital Dome (which features the latest in projection), the Rangos Omnimax Theater, the Miniature Railroad & Village, the USS Requin (a World War II submarine) and Roboworld, touted as "the world's largest permanent robotics exhibit" with more than 30 interactive displays featuring "all things robotic", including the first physical home for Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame. The center also includes one of the largest science and sports exhibition in the world, the Highmark SportsWorks, housed in an adjacent facility.

Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh. The team belongs to the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL and the oldest franchise in the AFC. Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowl titles (six), won more AFC Championship Games (eight) and played in (fifteen) and hosted more (eleven) conference championship games than any other NFL team. With the exception of the 1960s which featured only three Super Bowls, the Steelers have appeared in at least one Super Bowl in every decade of the contest. The Steelers won their most recent championship, Super Bowl XLIII, on February 1, 2009.

The team enjoys a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation and currently play their home games in Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.

Categories

Pittsburgh

no subcategories

Sister cities

On this day in Pittsburgh history...

Credit:Pens Through My Lens

Pittsburgh lists

Did you know...

Pittsburgh Wayfinder Map.svg

Sister portals/WikiProjects

WikiProject


SteelerStar.svg

WikiProject Pittsburgh

An invitation to join us!

You are invited to participate in WikiProject Pittsburgh, a WikiProject dedicated to developing and improving articles about the City of Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area. Please see the Pittsburgh WikiProject page for more information. See yinz there!

Associated Wikimedia

Pittsburgh on Wikinews
News
Pittsburgh on Wikiquote
Quotes
Pittsburgh on Commons
Images
Pittsburgh on Wikisource
Texts
Pittsburgh on Wikibooks
Books
Pittsburgh on Wikivoyage
Travel
  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-02-28). "Former Steelers broadcaster, Terrible Towel creator Cope dies". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ "What people are saying ... about Myron Cope's passing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ Cope 2002, p. 142.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Copycats was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Portal:Pittsburgh&oldid=649229491"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Pittsburgh
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Portal:Pittsburgh"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA