Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

200 Years More the New Pittsburgh Does Well to Remember the Old

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

200 Years More the New Pittsburgh Does Well to Remember the Old

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If you're feeling a little old today, blame it on the bicentennial. Pittsburgh marked 200 years as a city on March 18, the date in 1816 that it received a notice of incorporation from the state Legislature that allowed citizens to vote, elect a mayor and govern themselves.

For the 5,000 or so 'Burghers here at the time, the hardships of early 19th-century life continued, but the city was at least on its way. The English-speaking outpost had been established six decades earlier, when a British regiment routed the French and built its own fort, naming it for statesman William Pitt. Rising at the confluence of three rivers, Pittsburgh became a township in 1771 and a borough in 1794 - enough beginnings to be celebrated with several bicentennials.

But this is 2016, and the city's incorporation 200 years ago will be marked between now and year's end by a series of special events. On Friday, a new exhibit featuring the original charter opened in the City-County Building, while in Market Square an interactive public art project made its debut. …

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