63 Vintage Photographs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1900s & 1910s

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States and the county seat of Allegheny County. A population of 302,971 residents lives within the city limits as of the 2020 US Census, making it the 68th-largest city in the U.S. and the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania, behind Philadelphia. The Pittsburgh metropolitan area is the anchor of Western Pennsylvania; its population of 2.37 million is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 27th-largest in the U.S.

Pittsburgh is located in the southwest of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River, forming the Ohio River. Pittsburgh is known both as “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains led to the region being contested by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in the manufacturing of other important materials — aluminum and glass — and in the petroleum industry. Additionally, it is a leader in computing, electronics, and the automotive industry. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York City and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita. Deindustrialization in the 1970s and 1980s laid off area blue-collar workers as steel and other heavy industries declined, and thousands of downtown white-collar workers also lost jobs when several Pittsburgh-based companies moved out. The population dropped from a peak of 675,000 in 1950 to 370,000 in 1990. However, this rich industrial history left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, and a diverse cultural district.

After the deindustrialization of the mid-20th century, Pittsburgh has transformed into a hub for the health care, education, and technology industries. Pittsburgh is a leader in the health care sector as the home to large medical providers such as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Google, Apple Inc., Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. The nation’s fifth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 U.S. law firms make their global headquarters in the area, while RAND Corporation (RAND), BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.

In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the “eleven most livable cities in the world”. The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking placed Pittsburgh as the most or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018. The region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and energy extraction. (Wikipedia)

Point Bridge, 1900
Fort Pitt Block House, 1901
Luna Park entrance, 1905
Inside Luna Park, 1905
North Side Post Office (now the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh), 1905
Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Turtle Creek Valley, 1905
Sixth Avenue and Cherry Way, 1908
Pittsburgh at night, 1910
Sixth Street Bridge, 1910
Wood Street, 1905
Smithfield Street Bridge, looking at Mount Washington, 1910
Wood Street, 1900
Monongahela Wharf, 1910
Wood Street from Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1900
Wood Street, looking east, 1900
Forbes Field, 1912
Fifth Avenue, looking north, 1908
Soldiers and Sailors Hall, 1915
Fifth Avenue, looking north, 1910
Terrace Street, 1907
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1912
Meadow Street Bridge, 1910
Saline Street, 1913
West End, 1918
Grant Boulevard, 1919
Fifth Avenue south, 1900
Fifth Avenue, 1904
Pittsburgh skyline in the early 1900s
Looking down toward the city of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, 1910
A look at the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1900-1910
Downtown Pittsburgh, 1900-1910
Downtown Pittsburgh, 1900-1910
Downtown Pittsburgh, 1900-1910
A wide view of Downtown Pittsburgh from what is present-day the North Side of the city. 1900-1910
A look toward the Allegheny River from the present day North Shore. Early 1910s.
Sixth Street Bridge, 1906
Liberty Avenue, early 1900s
Fifth Avenue from Grant Street, 1908
Sixth Avenue above Nixon Theatre, 1910
Wood street and the Farmer’s Bank building in the early 1900s
Mount Washington near the former Wabash Bridge, 1910
The Smithfield Bridge from across the Monongahela River, 1906
The Levee from the Smithfield Bridge, and the Wabash Bridge in the distance. 1910
Fifth Avenue and Wood Street circa early 1900s.
Along Wall Street in Pittsburgh between 1900 and 1910.
Looking across the Monongahela River at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Building, 1910
The distinctive T.J. Keenan building along Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. 1906
Jones and Laughlin steel mills in Pittsburgh, early 1900’s.
Union Station in downtown Pittsburgh, early 1900s.
Fifth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh prior to 1915.
Ships parked along the Monongahela Wharf in Downtown Pittsburgh between 1900 and 1910.
The Monongahela Incline near what is present-day Station Square, 1905.
The Diamond [National] Bank and Wabash terminal building sometime between 1900 – 1910.
A look down Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, 1904.
A look down Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, 1915.
Sixth Avenue, Nixon Theater on the right, 1908
A look across the Monongahela River toward Downtown Pittsburgh, 1903.
A look across the Monongahela River toward Downtown Pittsburgh, 1903.
The Wabash train bridge across the Monongahela River, 1908.
Dozens of boats are parked along the Monongahela Wharf, 1902.
Looking from Mount Washington across the Monongahela River into Downtown Pittsburgh. 1908
A look toward Point State Park and Downtown Pittsburgh. 1908

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