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Baseball Parks 1962-1982 Bob Rathke

Jul 21, 2017 | | Say something

Major League Baseball parks have changed dramatically in the past 50 years, and many of the older parks like Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh have disappeared in a cloud of demolition. Here are two photos I took at a Pirates game at Forbes Field in August, 1962. Although Forbes Field was demolished … read more

The Making of Three Rivers Stadium – 1967-1970 Bob Rathke

Jul 19, 2017 | | 2 comments

In the 1960’s the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers played at Forbes Field in Oakland, although some Steelers games were played at nearby Pitt Stadium. Forbes Field was less than ideal for football games, and limited parking in congested Oakland was always a problem for fans of both teams. By the late 1950’s the … read more

Northside loses one of it’s greatest neighbors…

May 7, 2017 | | 1 comment

On April 13, 2017, Northsiders lost a great neighbor and lover of his community.  Many know Mr. Dan Rooney as the heir to the Steelers football dynasty but we Northsiders knew him as a man who took walks in the park with his lifetime love Patricia. A man who picked up garbage laying around the … read more

Support Teaching Neighborhood History in our Elementary Schools

Mar 13, 2017 | | Say something

Introducing the ACHG Kids Coloring Calendar Project… Our goal is to give every Northside elementary school students grades K-5 free coloring calendars that teach neighborhood history. Pittsburgh King Pittsburgh Manchester Pittsburgh Morrow Pittsburgh Spring Hill We want to create and give away 1000 calendars.  The overall cost of the project is around $8000. To underwrite … read more

Discovering my Northside Roots

Feb 2, 2017 | | 9 comments

Some believe that as an African-American, my interest in Allegheny history is an oddity.  However as for myself, it is quite natural and normal.  I was born on the Northside as well as my children.  My father William (Billy) Gandy Sr. was also born on the Northside at St. Johns Hospital on 4-4-44.  So I … read more

Northview Heights Gallery 1980’s

Dec 8, 2016 | | Say something

Northview Heights was once part of Reserve Township, until it was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1931.  It’s approximately 2.5 miles from downtown and about 101.4 acres in size.  The land had a few houses and farms on it, but mostly open space.  There is also an old civil war fort located near the tower on … read more

Northview Heights Gallery 1970’s

Dec 8, 2016 | | Say something

Northview Heights was once part of Reserve Township, until it was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1931.  It’s approximately 2.5 miles from downtown and about 101.4 acres in size.  The land had a few houses and farms on it, but mostly open space.  There is also an old civil war fort located near the tower on … read more

Northview Heights Gallery 1960’s

Dec 8, 2016 | | Say something

Northview Heights was once part of Reserve Township, until it was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1931.  It’s approximately 2.5 miles from downtown and about 101.4 acres in size.  The land had a few houses and farms on it, but mostly open space.  There is also an old civil war fort located near the tower on … read more

The Clifton Incline… Finally a look!

Nov 19, 2016 | | 1 comment

I truly believe that all hidden things are eventually revealed in time.  This is definitely true for a history sleuth.  A couple years back I wrote a blog on inclines of Allegheny City.  Revealing that the Northside had 4 known inclines:  The Troy Hill Incline, Nunnery Hill Incline (Fineview), Ridgewood Incline & The Clifton.  In … read more

Ghosting Photos… A Glimpse into the 4th Dimension

Oct 24, 2016 | | Say something

Have you ever heard of ghosting photos?  “Ghosting” refers to a phenomenon that occurs when photographing moving objects while using a flash or light source. It is a reflection that display multiple colors as a result of the lens diaphragm. Images appear blurry.  Despite the technical reasons for ghosting, I see something much deeper than … read more