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October 9, 2022

Pittsburgh in the 1900s Through Fascinating Photos

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Allegheny County. It is the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania, behind Philadelphia, and 68th-largest city proper in the U.S.

Pittsburgh is located in southwest Pennsylvania at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River, which combine to form the Ohio River. It is known both as “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges.

Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in the manufacturing of other important materials—aluminum and glass—and in the petroleum industry. Additionally, it is a leader in computing, electronics, and the automotive industry. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York City and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita.

These fascinating photos of Pittsburgh in the 1900s are the work of photographer C.S. Bryant (1874 - 1968), who was active in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th.

Horse-drawn buggy, Pittsburgh, circa 1900

View of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1900

A family in Elliott, part of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1901

Elliott, part of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1901

Elliott, part of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1901

Elliott, part of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1901

Elliott, part of Pittsburgh's West End. First building on left appears to be that of the Justice of the Peace Uzziah Stuart. Maybe this is South Main St, circa 1901

Part of Pittsburgh's West End, circa 1901

Part of Pittsburgh's West End, this might be South Main St, circa 1901

Steamboats and barges being loaded with coal in Pittsburgh, circa 1901

Boy on sled in snow with teddy bear, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

Large brick home, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

River view with the sternwheel tow boat Raymond Horner in background, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

Riverside School, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

Town view, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

Young men and women at picnic, possibly a mixed-race gathering, with stupendous hats, Pittsburgh, circa 1909

Pittsburgh and environs, circa 1910

Pittsburgh and environs, circa 1910

Pittsburgh and environs, circa 1910

Pittsburgh and environs, circa 1910




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