All posts by Bill Gandy

ACHG Visitors Gallery

Aug 25, 2016 | | Say something

The ACHG had many visitors over the past year.  Some came to drop of historic Northside photos & objects.  Others dropped in to chat & learn about the history of their neighborhood.  The Gallery drew a very diverse crowd.  There were very many visitors so we will add and update this page over the next … read more

ACHG is Moving…

Jul 31, 2016 | | 3 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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 | | 3 comments

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 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 | | 65 comments

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