Pittsburgh: The Story of a City

By Leland D. Baldwin | Go to book overview

XI The Gateway to the West

THE customhouse of Marseilles was a squat stone structure not unlike a prison, so that it was no wonder that the ruddy- faced American seaman was a little apprehensive as he walked across the quay toward its grim portal. A slim youngster, wearing the uniform of the "Little Corporal" who was at the moment in Tilsit dictating terms to the Czar of all the Russias, saluted courteously and opened the door of an office. Almost lost behind the vast expanse of table littered with papers and books was a man who somehow seemed to fit the grim fortress in which he sat--perhaps it was because the stiff gray spikes of his mustachios rose at a belligerent slant from the corners of his mouth.

The American laid an oilskin dispatch case before the customs officer and introduced himself in execrable French. "Captain John Brevoort, ship 'Western Trader,' out of the port of Pittsburgh, United States of America, laden with flour and pork. The ship's papers, sir."

The little man nodded curtly, pulled the papers from the case, and hastily ruffled through them while his face darkened with anger. Suddenly he threw the papers aside and exploded in English.

"What do you mean, sir, by giving me forged papers? Do you

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword ix
  • Contents xi
  • Maps xiii
  • Prologue- Lewis Evans, His Map 1
  • I- Virginia Takes a Hand in the West 13
  • II- How Are the Mighty Fallen! 27
  • III- Robbers'' Roost 38
  • IV- The Head of Iron 48
  • V- Britannia Rules the Ohio 55
  • VI- Pioneer Village in War and Peace 66
  • VII- "Intestin Broyls" 76
  • VIII- Revolt in the West 85
  • IX- Between Revolts 103
  • X- Tom the Tinker Comes to Town 117
  • XI- The Gateway to the West 129
  • XII- Genesis of an Industrial Empire 145
  • XIII- Life under the Poplars 154
  • XIV- Clapboard Democracy 172
  • XV- From Turnpike to Railroad 184
  • XVI- Civic Pittsburgh, 1810-1860 201
  • XVII- "The Birmingham of America" 218
  • XVIII- The Emergence of a Metropolis 231
  • XIX- Moral and Cultural Advancement 248
  • XX- High and Low Life 268
  • XXI- National Politics on a Local Scale 285
  • XXII- Prelude to Strife 300
  • XXIII- The Sinews of War 311
  • XXIV- The Forge of America 326
  • XXV- Two Generations of Progress 341
  • Epilogue- Trends of the Times 358
  • Errata 369
  • Errata 381
  • Maps 383
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