Pittsburgh is a major city in Pennsylvania and is also the county seat of Allegheny County. Approximately 306,000 people call Pittsburgh home, making it the second-largest metropolitan area in the state and 26th in the country. Residents enjoy (or endure) a humid continental climate, characterized by cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers.

A Brief History

Pittsburgh is an old American city that played a significant role in history in its early days. In 1758, General John Forbes gave the budding town its name in accord with the European cities of Edinburgh and Aldeburgh. The town was officially incorporated as a borough in 1794 and then as a city in 1816. Things began to take off for the city during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War when it began producing mass amounts of iron, brass, tin, glass, and, most importantly, steel. Andrew Carnegie began producing steel in 1875, which grew into the empire that would eventually be known as the U.S. Steel Company. This important development is the reason why Pittsburgh is nicknamed the “Steel City.”

Pittsburgh Today

These days, Pittsburgh is a developed city known for its grit and resilience. The downtown area is comprised of over 30 skyscrapers, including the famous U.S. Steel Tower. The Allegheny River runs right through downtown, which has made the riverwalk a lucrative place to operate restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other entertaining businesses.

The city also has a rich arts and culture scene. Pittsburgh was an important city for jazz and opera during the 20th century and continues to treasure music. Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Benedum Center are home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass Band, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Lovers of art and history can visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Mattress Factory, the ToonSeum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and many others.

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