Downtown is Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle.
At night, the city--seen upon emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnel--is gem-like in its beauty. Seen from atop Mount Washington--day or night--the city is a breathtaking vision. Western Pennsylvania's business and financial hub, a vital shopping and restaurant district, its architecture possesses great class and distinction.
Downtown straddles the land between the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers just above The Point. The city grew naturally from the establishment of Fort Duquesne by the French (1754) and then Fort Pitt (1758) by the British. Rich nearby deposits of iron ore and coal--combined with the natural transportation system of the Allegheny, Mon and Ohio--energized the early industrial growth of Pittsburgh. Laid waste by the Great Fire of 1845, the city was resurrected from the ashes and went on to become the North's industrial backbone during the Civil War. The city's continued vitality is a combined effort of public and private sector collaboration cemented by the instincts of its early, frontier roots and by the strength of its ethnic diversity. The values of home, family, neighborhood and hard work gave and give Pittsburgh its identity. The city's first renaissance in the 1940s and 50s changed the face of Pittsburgh. And this striving and brave re-engineering of itself has not ceased.
Here Abraham Lincoln received "a right western welcome"...here the first movie theater in the world, the "Nickelodeon," opened its doors...here Martin Delany, published the abolitionist "Mystery." And here perhaps dwell the friendliest stone lions in the world!