WEST END BYPASS
LEFT: By 1950 the West End Bypass, seen at the foot of the hill being excavated, was nearing completion. The bypass would avoid traveling on narrow Woodville
Street (left) and lead directly to the West End Bridge. In the lower left is one of two railroad trestles crossing Banksville Road. The area at the right of the picture
would become the entrance to the Fort Pitt Tunnels.
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Pittsburgh
1950's
ALL THINGS PITTSBURGH
SOUTHSIDE
Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood (background) was originally known as Birmingham. The land was given to John Ormsby by the
Queen of England for service in the French and Indian War. The town was created by Ormsby’s son-in-law who named it Birmingham.
Today, the South Side is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular residential and cultural districts. The Brady Street Bridge (background), or
the South Twenty-Second Street Bridge, opened to traffic in March 1896, was demolished on May 29, 1978.
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RACCOON STATE PARK
This view above the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail in downtown Pittsburgh (lower right foreground) shows the Duquesne
University campus before the redevelopment that would eventually change the appearance of the entire area. In the 1950s demolition
began on the “Bluff.” To the right of this area are temporary buildings built during World War II and just behind them to the right is
the administration building of the university. This landmark structure is still in existence today. Eventually all the buildings in the
center of the photo would be razed to make way for a central mall and new university buildings.
Dravo Corporation’s Engineering Works Division at Neville Island, Pennsylvania, operates one of the largest inland waterway shipyards
in the United States. This location also includes a side-haul marine repair facility. Some of the products manufactured at this facility
include hopper, tank, and deck barges (pictured here under construction), towboats, tugs, dredges, and special-purpose vessels. Dravo
Corporation has launched more than 6,000 hulls since it entered the shipbuilding business in 1915.
Saw Mill Run Creek originates in Bethel Park and flows north for 9.6 miles where it enters the Ohio River less than a mile south of the
Point in downtown Pittsburgh. Lots of tributaries feed into Saw Mill Run, including Little Saw Mill Run, which runs through the
Banksville Road corridor until it intersects the main stream near the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Water samples taken from the steam in 2000
have determined that high concentrations of fecal coliform are still present in the stream, showing that water pollution still plagues
Pittsburgh decades after this photograph was taken.
RIGHT: The First National Bank Building at Wood Street and Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania,
undergoing outside surface cleaning of soot and grime caused by air pollution.
PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS COMPANY
The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG) began as the New York City
Plate Glass Company when it was founded in 1880 by Captain John B.
Ford, an entrepreneur, and John Pitcairn, a railroad official. The first plant
was located northeast of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River in Creighton,
Pennsylvania. By 1883 the company headquarters were moved to Pittsburgh
and the plants were producing 20 million square feet of plate glass per
year. PPG quickly moved into research and development, building its first
research center in 1910. As a result of this dedication to research, the
company made new innovations in glass, including the development of
Herculite tempered glass in 1938, which is more resistant to shatter than
plate glass, and Twindow double-panned insulating glass in 1945. This type
of glass became very popular during the housing boom of the 1950s. During
the 1990s the company began producing Sungate 500 Low-E Glass, an
energy saving form of glass.