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Pittsburgh: 1956

Pittsburgh: 1956

"Pittsburgh Nov 1956." From the Kermy Kodachrome cache. View full size.

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Indeed Jeff

I grew up in Bridgeville and didn't leave PA until I married in 1963. I remember seeing all of what you describe - including my first time I drove over the bridge. And as young teens we spent many an hour up on Mt. Washington looking down at the city.

Really unusual view

That is indeed the Fort Pitt Bridge under construction. As a Pittsburgh native, I love this view--one I've never seen before, with the city in the midst of its 1950s urban renewal. First of all, it's shot from a boat in the Monongahela, which is unusual (especially since, given the steam that appears to be rising from the river surface, it must be wintertime.) And I've never seen Gateway Center--the silver buildings to the left--without the Hilton Hotel that was built in front of them a few years later. The "PRE" and other brick buildings to the left must be the last vestiges of the warehouse and railroad district cleared out during the "Renaissance" of the 1950s that brought Gateway Center, the Hilton, the Bridge... Anyhow, if you have more Pittsburgh Kodachrome, please post!

On a clear day

You wouldn't be in Pittsburgh. I remember all the references to air pollution in Pittsburgh when I was a yute, believe it has cleaned up since.

Sans span

Looks like the Fort Pitt Bridge under construction, a few years prior to its completion.

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