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PALMER'S PITTSBURGH
1905
ALL THINGS PITTSBURGH
In 1905 a man named R.M. Palmer put together a book of the great history and the prominent personalties of
Pittsburgh.  This book included over 1,500 portraits and views of our great city.  1,268 classified portraits and 376
historical prints.  It tried to comprehensively cover every major event and all of the places these events transpired and
all the men involved in these events.  It is a stunning achievement and at a cost of $15.00 in 1905 an expensive tome.  
That translates to $405.41 in today's dollars!

The extremely rare photos contained in this book are on display in the following pages and show not only the first
pictures of Pittsburgh, places that are long gone and photos from not just the turn of the 20th Century but the turn of
the 19th Century!  
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE PITT DIGITAL LIBRARY
PHOTO RESTORATION DONE BY THE STEELCACTUS FOUNDATION
Fort Duquesne
This draught of Fort Du Quesne, the first and second Fort
Pitt, made by R. Ratzer in 1761, afterward given to George III,
later presented by George IV to the British Museum.  This
copy was made in 1830 by W. Osman for the Hon. R. Biddle,
of Pittsburgh.
The Great Fire of 1845
On April 10, 1845, the heaviest blow Pittsburgh ever
experienced fell with crushing force.  With relentless fury
flames swept away three-fourths of the business district,
inflicting a loss of one life and a property valuation of nearly
nine million dollars ($281,250,000.00 in today's money!),
including the famous old Monongahela House, one of the
great hotels of the country.  
FIRST ACADEMY IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
This picture of the Monongahela Wharf is of date about 1825.   The houses from left to right are as follows: 1.) General William Wilkins Mansion,
where Generals Lafayette, Jackson, Taylor, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Calhoun, Benton, and all the notables going through Pittsburgh, were
entertained.  General Wilkins was the political power in Pennsylvania, and was the Secretary of War, Minister to Denmark and Russia.  2.) Old
woolen mill, later the site of the first free school in Pittsburgh, later becoming the Old South or Second Ward.  Later, the Monongahela House.  
3.) Irwin's Tavern.  A famous old hotel where people from the East stopped, when going South and West.  4.) Anderson's Mansion.  5.) Bakewell's
Glass House.  On river are the "pirogues" a craft used by rivermen which was poled by hand.  6.) The old Smithfield Street covered bridge, was
destroyed by the Great Fire of 1845.  A high sand bar in the Monongahela had a crop of rye raised on it, in 1825.
OLD RAFTSMAN'S TAVERN
Built About 1800
First Business Building
in Pittsburgh
Erected in 1810
Second Church of the First German United
Evangelical Protestant Congregation (Smithfield
Street and Sixth Avenue), built in 1815.  Torn
down in 1833.  Parsonage on left at Smithfield
Street and Strawberry Way, built in 1819.  
Cemetery in middle.
THE FIRST THEATER IN PITTSBURGH
1817 - 1820
Located on Third Avenue, where
Dollar Savings Bank used to be.
OLD WESTERN
PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY
DESTROYED BY THE GREAT FIRE OF 1845
Precursor of the University of Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH
1830
PITTSBURGH 1790
PITTSBURGH 1804
PITTSBURGH 1817
PITTSBURGH 1825
OLD BELL TAVERN - BUILT 1841
DESTRUCTION OF OLD ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
MERCY HOSPITAL - 1848
MAY, 1851
RUINS OF OLD COURTHOUSE
Built 1841.  Destroyed by Fire on May 7th, 1882.
OLD WATSON'S HOMESTEAD
Photo Taken in 1853.
JACOB EWART'S RESIDENCE
Erected 1841.  Centre Avenue, Minersville District
FORT STREET AT THE POINT
Showing the Old Houses.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY FAIR!
Held September 22nd to 25th, 1857
MERCHANTS & MANUFACTURERS BANK
OLD RESIDENCES AT THE POINT
GRANT ST. REFORMED CHURCH
Edifice Moved to Dithridge & Bayard Streets
OLD LAFAYETTE HALL
Birthplace of the Republican Party
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1853 - 1903.  Wood Street
BUILDING OCCUPIED BY UNION BANKING
COMPANY FROM 1859 TO 1865
OLD CITY HALL
OLD WESTERN PENITENTIARY