I got down before the canoe, I spent some time in viewing
the rivers, and the land in the fork, which I think extremely
well situated for a Fort, as it has the absolute command
of both rivers.
George Washington, 1753
George Washington chose the Forks of the Ohio as
"well-situated for a fort," could he possibly
have foreseen the how well-situated it was for a thriving
21st-century city? That triangle of land that became
the city of Pittsburgh has had to "re-invent"
itself a number of times in order to survive its 250
studies, math, language arts
levels: Adaptable 3-12 grades
frontiers to forts to factories
From a trading
outpost to a military battlefield. . . from a tiny village to a city
ablaze with industry. . . Pittsburgh and the region is constantly changing.
Many clues to our past still exist, some as intentional tributes, and
others, paying quiet testimony to the experiences that shaped us over
with great fanfare, and more often with subtle effort, Pittsburghers
discovered new ways to adapt to the region's geography, make use of
its natural resources, and establish the social and economic infrastructure necessary to thrive. Western Pennsylvania's history is not just a story
of how our ancestors came to be where they were and do what they did;
it is the story of how we came to be where we are and do what we do!
History Series will help us tell the story of six eras of western
Pennsylvania history, which we title after Pittsburgh's past names or