250 Years Ago …
In November 1758, British General John Forbes, Colonel George Washington and their British and Colonial troops assumed possession the French Fort Duquesne at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. There constructed Fort Pitt, named after England’s Sir William Pitt.
There, the settlement of Pittsburgh (pronounced Pittsboro) grew to become known as the “Gateway to the West.” Bedford and Ligonier, forts established during the Forbes Campaign, celebrate their 250th anniversaries in 2008.
From the “Gateway to the West” to a Gateway of Innovation
Among the ‘firsts’ created in the Pittsburgh region are the polio vaccine, advanced organ transplantation, long distance electricity, the gas station, the radio station (KDKA), the robot, the Ferris wheel, the movie theater, the Big Mac, the first World Series and so much more!
I love Pittsburgh, most people who know me know this.
I bitch about it here: the weather, the politics, the asshattery of the PLCB,the failitude of the Pirates,the never ending construction.
So, Happy Birthday Pittsburgh!
Here's to 250 more.
Maybe by then the Pirates will have won another World Series...*snickersnort*