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Pittsburgh Before Steel History Hike

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Pittsburgh Before Steel History Hike

Discover Pittsburgh’s multifaceted identity beyond its famed monikers like the Steel City and the City of Bridges. Unveil lesser-known aliases such as the Hills of Eden and the Prize, shedding light on the city’s deep-rooted history long before its industrial zenith.
It turns out that long before Pittsburgh became known as the center of the steel industry and the polluted ‘hell with the lid off’, it had a very dynamic early history as America’s first Gateway to the West.  From a quirk in the geology and easternmost extension of the mound builder cultures, to becoming the focal point for an international conflagration, an insurrection and the staging ground for the young nation’s most important western explorations, it is not an exaggeration to say that Pittsburgh has seen it all.
Come explore the heavily forested and historically rich community of the West End and Elliott neighborhoods as we climb the steep slopes to see tremendous views using little known city staircases and stopping periodically to learn about these fascinating chapters of the history of the Pittsburgh region well before the age of industrialization.

The route will include city sidewalks and staircases, and hills, taking frequent breaks to regroup and learn about history. The group will take a break for lunch about midway though the hike, so bring a lunch if you would like.

Difficulty Level: Level 3 – Moderate
Distance: 4 miles
Starting Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – West End (47 Wabash St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220)

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to ensure that the trip gets underway on time. Dress for the weather (Venture Outdoors trips proceed rain or shine!), bring water and wear comfortable closed toe shoes. By reserving a ticket, you acknowledge that you are physically able to undertake the activity described above


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Pittsburgh Before Steel History Hike
$ 20.00
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April 20
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – West End
47 Wabash St
Pittsburgh, 15220 United States
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