Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle - 1849

The Golden Triangle - 1849

This is Pittsburgh in 1849, as shown on this colored lithograph from a sketch by B. F. Smith. At this time the city's population was approximately 45,000 and manufacturing was approaching $50,000,000 per year. It had been four years since the Great Fire of 1845 and the city was well on it's way to recovery. The three rivers and the Pennsylvania Canal were still the main forms of transportation, but soon would come the dawn of the age of the railroads, spurring another industrial revolution within the city.

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