Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle - 1932
Here are two aerial views of downtown Pittsburgh taken in July of 1932. The Gulf Building, opened that same summer, is now the tallest of Pittsburgh's skyscrapers. It stands out, not so much for it's height, but for it's cleanliness. Soon, the soot of the steel mills will tarnish it's exterior with layers of grime. The country is in the depths of the depression, but Pittsburgh is hanging on, fueled by its industrial and transportation economy. Times were tough, but there were jobs available.
A final view from Duquesne Heights showing the city's new skyline. Pittsburgh is a city of bridges and one of the countries largest freight centers. Not even the Great Depression could stop the constant flow of commerce in and out of the Steel City.
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