I’m Dreaming Of Pittsburgh

ISOA Banner  When I came across these pictures in my database I began dreaming of Pittsburgh and particularly the Heinz Museum. Don’t miss it if you are in the area.  Pittsburgh is different from any other major city I have visited. It has a raw edge to it that is a legacy of it steel industry heritage.

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Rust Belt

Pittsburgh

ISOA BannerRust Belt is a appropriate term used to describe the once thriving mill towns of the Midwest. As Wikipedia says:

The Rust Belt is a term for the region straddling the upper Northeastern United States, the Great Lakes, and the Midwest States, referring to economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once powerful industrial sector…

Pittsburgh is perhaps the epitome of that term.  During my youth and beyond they were simply know as the “Steel Town”. They like many others in the area are gradually becoming a more diverse economy but Pittsburgh in particular still maintains it gritty persona… The picture taken here was from the Monongahela Incline above the city.

 

 

Carnegie…

Pittsburgh, PA – Museums

Pittsburgh was the steel capital of the world for many years and of course Dale Carnegie was its king. The Carnegie Museum of Art is an impressive place to visit. Much of the “toys” he collected are on display there. The above picture is of the wing dedicated to rocks.

Pittsburgh Again…

Pittsburgh, PA – History

Pittsburgh played an important part of America’s history. The early painting above show it has always been a gritty town that it remains today. Rust Belt Chic definitely describes the town.

Not Just Ketchup….

Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Museum

Let’s revisit Pittsburgh and the Heinz Museum. It is one of my favorite museums because of its layout is so unique. I believe it re-purposes an old pickle factory. Above is just one of many interesting views of the multi-floor exhibits.

57 Varieties…

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Pittsburgh PA – H.J. Heinz Company Museum

It is unclear just who invented ketchup but as usual an American perfected the process. As shown in picture taken of a mural at the museum H.J. Heinz was making it on a large scale.  Here is a little about it from Wikipedia:

Tomato ketchup was sold locally by farmers. A man named Jonas Yerks (or Yerkes) is believed to have been the first man to make tomato ketchup a national phenomenon. By 1837, he had produced and distributed the condiment nationally. Shortly thereafter, other companies followed suit. F. & J. Heinz launched their tomato ketchup in 1876. Heinz tomato ketchup was advertised: “Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household!”, a slogan which alluded to the lengthy and onerous process required to produce tomato ketchup in the home.

If you find yourself in Pittsburgh the museum is well worth the visit….

A Rough and Gutsy Town…

Pittsburgh PA – A real steelworker town

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is a town with its own unique character.  The three rivers area when we visited there was not as clean or sophisticated as many other cities in the region but it had a raw edge that proved enticing.  The Primanti Brothers restaurant located near downtown in the warehouse district is uniquely suited to the city. Where else can you buy a “Pitts-burger” which is made up of a pound of fatty hamburger between who thick pieces of sliced bread and topped with a mammoth portion of french fries and Cole slaw. To me it was a gross concoction but they filled the place everyday with loyal Steeler fans who gobbled them up.

Junk Food Tolerance…

It seems as I am getting older my tolerance for junk food is rapidly decreasing. There is a show on cable TV entitled Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives where Guy Fieri goes around the country reviewing restaurants as indicated in the title. Many of them are famous for some pretty outrageous food. Some stack pancakes a foot high and smother them with mucho butter between each layer followed by a pint of syrup and lined high with  pounds of sausages, bacon, and such around the edges.

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