25 Amazing Facts About Pittsburgh
Updated: Jul 31, 2019
Pittsburgh. It’s our city. It’s our home. But how much do we really know about this place we call home? After putting this article together, it is quite apparent that Pittsburgh is much more than just The Steel City or The City of Champions. Pittsburgh has played a vital part in shaping history, produced revolutionary medical developments, and some of the biggest star athletes and artists.
In this article we share 25 facts about the city’s history, innovation, and culture.
#25 William Pitt
What better place to start our quest than the man who our beloved city is named after? Pittsburgh is named after William Pitt. Pitt served as the Prime Minister of Great Britain from July 1766 to August 1768.
#24 Pittsburg to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh was not always spelled with the "h" on the end. Unknown to many, from 1891 to 1911, the city was spelled "Pittsburg"
#23 The City of Bridges
Pittsburgh is known as the city of bridges for good reason. The 446 bridges located in the city make Pittsburgh the city with the most bridges in the world. Yes, even more than Venice, Italy!
#22 The Polio Vaccine
Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for Polio in 1950, right here in Pittsburgh. Born in New York, The University of Pittsburgh recruited him due to his expertise in the flu.
#21 The Cathedral of Learning
Speaking of The University of Pittsburgh, the Cathedral of Learning is the second tallest university building in the world. It also happens to be the second tallest gothic-style building in the world.
#20 Mr. Yuk
Mr. Yuk stickers were created by the Poison Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1971.
#19 Mister Rodgers
The legendary Fred Rogers was born 40 miles east of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
#18 The First T-Rex Skeleton
#17 The Cloudy City
Pittsburgh is not the most ideal location for a daily natural dose of Vitamin D. Ranked only behind Buffalo and Seattle, Pittsburgh is the third cloudiest city in the United States.
#16 Lewis and Clark
Unknown to most, the Lewis and Clark expedition originally began in Pittsburgh. Meriwether Lewis launched his boat about 100 yards downriver from where the David Lawrence Convention Center now stands.
#15 The Steepest Street
Pittsburgh contains the steepest street in the United States. Canton Avenue, located in the Beechview neighborhood is a 37 degree slope.
#14 The First World Series
The Pittsburgh Pirates played in the first ever World Series against the Boston Americans in 1903. The Pirates lost in 5 games.
#13 The Pittsburgh Agreement
The former country of Czechoslovakia was created in Pittsburgh in 1918 when the Czechs and Slovaks signed the Pittsburgh Agreement.
#12 The Bar Capital of the United States
If you have ever felt like Pittsburgh has a surplus of bars, you would be correct. Pittsburgh has more bars per capita than any other city in the United States (12 per 10,000 residents).
#11 The Steel City Contributes to World War II
The Steel City contributed to the World War II in a major way, contributing 95 million tons of steel to the allied war effort.
#10 The Glass City
The steel city was also once the glass city. In 1920, 80% of glass made in the United States came from Pittsburgh.
#9 Babe Ruth's Final Game
On May 25, 1935 the baseball legend Babe Ruth hit three home runs at Forbes Field in his last game.
#8 The Nation's First Gas Station
The nation's first ever gas station opened in East Liberty in 1913.
#7 Fifteen Inclines
Pittsburgh used to have 15 inclines located in the city. Today just the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines remain.
#6 Quarterback Central
#5 Pop Culture Icons
#4 The Empire State Building & Golden Gate Bridge
#3 The First Robotics Institute
#2 A True City of Champions
Pittsburgh sports teams have won a total of 16 championships: 5 Stanley Cups, 6 Super Bowls and 5 World Series titles. This places our steel city at #9 among North American cities for total major sports titles.
#1 The Steelers Logo
The Pittsburgh Steelers logo does not actually contain stars. The logo contains hypocycloids and was inspired by the Steelmark logo that originated by US Steel and now is trademarked by the American Iron and Steel Institute.
How many of our 25 Pittsburgh facts did you know?