Pittsburgh History and Research Resources
Hands on History Near Pittsburgh
Experience history up close and personal at these must visit historic sites in Western Pennsylvania. All are located within a few hours drive from Pittsburgh.
Fort Pitt Museum & Block House
The exhibits at this museum, located next to the remains of the famous British fort at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, recount the struggle that exploded into the French and Indian War and the story of the founding of Pittsburgh.
Historical Timeline of Pittsburgh & Western PA
Explore Western PA and Pittsburgh history at a glance with this historical timeline of major events in the area
Fun Facts About Pennsylvania
Fun facts, notable firsts, geographical info, state symbols and much more for the Keystone State.
Profile of Andrew Carnegie
Learn about the life and family of Andrew Carnegie, industrialist, philanthropist, and steel king of America.
Shanksville, PA - Flight 93 & 911
Learn about Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the rural Pennsylvania field where 40 heroes died when United Flight 93 crashed at 10:06 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Learn about the Flight 93 memorial and view photos from the one year commemoration ceremony and memorial.
Miracle at Quecreek Mine
View a timeline, press coverage and photos of the rescue of nine miners at the Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Mystery of the Pittsburgh Ghost Bomber
A B-25 bomber crashes into the Mon River in 1956. Was there a conspiracy? Were there nuclear weapons or nerve gas on board? Howard Hughes? Mafia money? Will the 44-year-old mystery of the Pittsburgh Ghost bomber ever be solved?
Three Centuries of Pittsburgh History
Three centuries of Pittsburgh history
History of the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania
Execution as a form of punishment in Pennsylvania dates back to the time the first colonists arrived in the late 1600s and public hanging was the capital punishment of choice. Follow the history of the death penalty in Pennsylvania, from hangings through the electric chair, to the lethal injection in use today.
The Original Most Haunted House in America
Originally designated the most haunted house in America, this house on Pittsburgh's North side has many unexplained ghosts and evil stories. Even its destruction is shrouded in mystery
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Austin Antique Automobiles
The American Austin was manufactured from 1930 through 1934 in the city of Butler, PA, north of Pittsburgh.
Bridges and Tunnels of Pittsburgh
Find design information, photos, architectural details, history, and locations for bridges and tunnels in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Search by name, location, design, or use.
Bridging the Urban Landscape: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
An online hypertext exhibit of some 600 historical photographs and images, accompanied by text, of Pittsburgh, its bridges and its neighborhoods.
Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
Located in Pittsburgh's historic strip district, this museum and research facility is devoted to the history and heritage of Western PA. Exhibits include a restored trolley, Conestoga wagon, full-size period homes, and a children’s Discovery Place.
Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection
Plat books of Pittsburgh, which show property owners, churches, cemeteries, mills, schools, roads, railroads, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. When completed, the project will show the changing urban landscape of Pittsburgh from early 1870s to the late 1930s. From the Digital Research Library, University of Pittsburgh.
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
The Library and Archives of HSWP offers a non-circulating collection of materials documenting life in Western Pennsylvania. The Reading Room and collections are located at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. You can search the catalog of their materials online.
History of the Duquesne Incline
This wonderful history from the Society for the Preservation of The Duquesne Heights Incline Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania includes early history, interesting facts, photos, newspaper articles, links and more.
From Rivers to Lakes: Engineering Pittsburgh's Three Rivers
A history of Pittsburgh's rivers, dams, lakes and reservoirs including military construction and navigation improvements.
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
A non-profit group dedicated to identifying and preserving the architectural landmarks, historic neighborhoods, and historic designed landscapes of Allegheny County and educating people about this region's architectural heritage and urban landscape design history.
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Crime Statistics 1887-1915
Crime Statistics for Pittsburgh for each year including the city's population, total arrests, drunkeness related arrests, homicide arrests, persons dismissed, total police personnel and number of patrol officers.