Pittsburgh: The Story of a City

By Leland D. Baldwin | Go to book overview

XVIII The Emergence of a Metropolis

UNTIL about 1840 most of the business activities of Pittsburgh were confined to the triangle bounded by the rivers and Wood Street. Market Street was the hub of the town, and anyone who went beyond Wood was moving to the country. It is said that in the 1840'sa storekeeper who had quarreled with his Wood Street landlord moved his business around the corner to Fifth Avenue. There he prospered in spite of the dire prophecies of his friends. Others followed and drew trade after them--one shoeman is claimed to have sold his wares to the blare of a brass band. Hogg's Pond had recently been filled by dirt from the canal and from Grant's Hill, so there was plenty of good building land available. The coming of the Pennsylvania Railroad assured the continued prosperity of the section; recognition of this fact was shown by the erection in 1853 of a new federal customhouse and post office at Fifth and Smithfield on the site of the present Park Building. Already in 1842 the county commissioners, with uncanny prescience of the trend of real estate values, or perhaps only to save expense, had erected a new courthouse on Grant's Hill, and the Roman Catholics built their St. Paul's Cathedral on the northwest corner of Fifth and Grant in 1829.

Grant's Hill, it will be remembered, had been purchased by

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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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