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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Pittsburgh 1961

Pittsburgh 1961

Pittsburgh in 1961 from the bluffs on the west bank of the Ohio. Certainly didn't look like this at the turn of the last century or this.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka CA

Monongahela River

It is the Monongahela, above the point, and the Smithfield Street Bridge.

Another view

I have another view looking further left which I will try and dig out and scan. I must be very backwards as to the layout of the rivers.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

pittsburgh 1961

nice to see the city-less polluted

[The air in Pittsburgh and all the big Eastern industrial cities is a lot cleaner now than it was in 1961. - Dave]

Station Square?

Looks like Station Square in the lower left, which would put the vantage point on the south bank of the Monongahela River. Maybe this was taken from Mt. Washington?

Vantage point, Pittsburgh 1961

Actually, I think the view is from the bluff above the south bank of the Monongahela. You are looking toward the 'point' where the Monongahela joins the Allegheny to form the Ohio, just beyond the left edge of this picture.

 
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