All posts by Bill Gandy

ACHG is Moving…

Jul 31, 2016 | | 3 comments
Opening on August 6th. Located on 433 East Ohio Street.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the ACHG has to move in the middle of August. We are not happy with the situation however we will do whatever we must to keep Northside history alive and free. It took a while but we found another location across the street at 522 East Ohio Street (Former … read more

Allegheny Center Gallery

Jul 17, 2016 | | Say something
Allegheny Center Mall  1968-Bob Rathke

Photo gallery of Allegheny Center. This includes the Market House, Allegheny Center Mall, Carnegie Library and other surrounding businesses & institutions.  Click on any thumbnail below for photo details. Click a second time to enlarge the photo. All photos on this page are copy-written.  You are free to share online or for personal use.  If … read more

Golden Memories – Gas Explosion of 1927

Jul 13, 2016 | | 2 comments
Manchester native, Sam Cammarata age 96 felt the impact from the giant gas tank explosion in 1927.  The impact from the blast knocked him down as he walked up the steps to enter  Manchester Elementary (old 4th Ward School).  There are many stories  in old newspapers and online, but there are very few 1st hand accounts left.  This makes Sam a very unique stitch in the Northside fabric of time.

28 Killed, Hundreds Injured in Blast! Have you ever heard of the Gas Explosion of 1927?  There was a huge gas tank explosion on the Northside in Manchester that year. Equitable Gas owned 3 large natural gas storage tanks that sat right near the river.  The one closest to the Ohio River was the largest … read more

Rare Photo of “Ray Kemp” Steelers First Black Player

May 30, 2016 | | 9 comments
James P Rooneys 1932 featuring Ray Kemp (tagged)

The Allegheny City Historic Gallery has obtained a very rare photo of Ray Kemp, the Pittsburgh Steelers (then Pirates) 1st African-American player from around 1932.  Back on April 9, 2016 we hosted a reunion for the 1st Ward.  This was Allegheny City’s oldest ward and also the area where the Rooney football legacy began.  Attending … read more

Objects from the Past on Display at the ACHG

Apr 5, 2016 | | Say something
This is a book of Allegheny & Pittsburgh Trade Cards.  They were used like fliers to advertise for the business.

Since opening our physical location at 433 East Ohio Street, we have received many objects from past and present Northsiders which we display in the gallery.  The collection is growing almost every day.  We wanted to share a few with you from our neighborhood’s past. This stunning collection of Trade Cards predate 1907 back when … read more

Dan Rooney & Carol Peterson at ACHG

Jul 18, 2015 | | 1 comment
crowd 2

The ACHG has yet to open and has already hosted a book signing with two of the top names in the history game.  On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Steelers owner Dan Rooney came to the Allegheny City Historic Gallery to sign copies of his book “Allegheny City” co-authored with local Architectural historian Carol Peterson. Many … read more

The Allegheny City Roots of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Apr 24, 2015 | | 2 comments
kingdom hall

I was raised in a Jehovah’s Witness household.  We attended Allegheny Congregation located on Southside Avenue in City View.  My mother was baptized into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1975.  I was 7 years old at the time.  She was introduced to the religion a couple years earlier by a woman named Sister Russell who lived … read more

A Brief & Early History of Spring Hill Gardens

Apr 16, 2015 | | 3 comments
spring hill apts 1959 Rathke

Spring Hill Gardens Apartment complex was built on a 8.5 acre sight overlooking Northside located between Buenta & Varley Streets.  It opened on May 1, 1959.  The development was originally intended for those displaced by Federal Urban Renewal projects to provide housing for middle income residents.  People who’s neighborhoods were wiped out by construction projects. … read more

A Brief History of Northview Heights – 1960’s

Apr 13, 2015 | | 64 comments
A Brief History of Northview Heights – 1960’s

I have very fond memories of Northview Heights.  My family moved to 883 Mt. Pleasant Road in Northview Heights from Howard Street in 1968.   Lamar/Williams Street ran across our back yard leading to Penfort Street going West, and the Northside Drive-In going East.  In the fall we had a clear shot from the back … read more

The Old Penitentiary in West Park – A Brief History

Apr 3, 2015 | | 3 comments
The Old Penitentiary in West Park – A Brief History

The Western Penitentiary was established as a result of pressure from The Philadelphia Society of Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisoners.  In August of 1818 Legislators granted the Commonwealth 10 acres of Allegheny Town, the easterly line facing the West Commons, 200 feet above Ohio Street for construction of a penitentiary.  A grey, Norman style, … read more