Ever been to Pittsburgh, PA? There are 456 bridges there!

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Eugene, Oregon
April 28, 2016 11:49am CST
I have never been there either, but was listening to some interviews on the day of the Pennsylvania primary (Hillary's Big day). I was quite surprised to learn that this 56th largest city in the US has three rivers and 456 bridges to cross them. The interviewer remarked that all the downtown bridges are painted "yellow." He was quickly corrected by the city official, who said the color was "Aztec Gold," since the downtown area is the "Golden Triangle." Another fascinating fact is that the first Ferris wheel was designed and built by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., an engineer from Pittsburgh, using bridge building technology. It was built in Chicago in 1893 for a World Expo. Cities we have never visited can still be quite interesting and each one has unique qualities. What cities do you find interesting? I know London, Paris, Venice and Istanbul top my list.
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
28 Apr 16
I know that I will never go and visit that city as I get very nervous when on a bridge.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr 16
They talked about bridge anxiety too. It is a problem for many.
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@sallypup (27159)
• Moses Lake, Washington
28 Apr 16
@JamesHxstatic The Tacoma Narrows bridge is my particular nightmare. Not joking.
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28 Apr 16
@JamesHxstatic I actually do have bridge anxiety as well. I never realized it was such a thing until a few years ago
@Chellezhere (1396)
• United States
28 Apr 16
Nope! I'm from Philly. Our bridges are better (says yours truly, a direct descendant of Pittsburgh's Mayor, Matthew B. Lowrie).
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr 16
Yes, maybe, but how many does Philly have?
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• United States
28 Apr 16
@JamesHxstatic, that depends on how many people have had dental work done , and how many footbridges and other smaller bridge types might be around, But, as for major bridges, we have at least 25. 1. Benjamin Franklin Bridge 2. Betsy Ross Bridge 3. Chestnut Street Bridge 4. Gerard Point Bridge 5. Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge 6. Passyunk Avenue Bridge 7. Platt Memorial Bridge (Penrose Avenue) 9. South 34th Street Bridge 10. South Street Bridge 11. Tacony Palmyra Bridge 12. Walnut Street Bridge 13. Walt Witman Bridge 14. Falls Bridge 15. Green Lane Bridge 16. City Avenue Bridge 17. Roosevelt Expressway Bridge 18. Ford Road Bridge 19. Gerard Avenue Bridge 20. Spring Garden Street Bridge 21. Kelly Drive Bridge 22. Vine Street Expressway Bridge 23. John F. Kennedy Blvd Bridge 24. Market Street Bridge 25. Columbia Bridge (Train)
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr 16
@Chellezhere Makes me wonder how Pittsburgh counts theirs to come up with 456.
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@BelleStarr (38404)
• United States
28 Apr 16
I love London, Quebec City and yes Pittsburgh. I have been their on press trips 3 times and it is a surprisingly fascinating city with great museum and entertainment and yes, lots of bridges. It is at confluence of 3 rivers and was an important outpost in the French and Indian war.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
28 Apr 16
I passed through, but my son's visited.
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@sallypup (27159)
• Moses Lake, Washington
28 Apr 16
That's a lot of bridges. Bridges are such a huge engineering feat. Pretty impressive in their own right.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr 16
Yes, it was quite surprising to hear that interview (NPR again).
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@sallypup (27159)
• Moses Lake, Washington
28 Apr 16
@JamesHxstatic I missed that interview. Enough political flap. Give me something besides who said what nasty to whom ever.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr 16
@sallypup That was on "Here and Now," a show I try to catch, along with "The World."
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@Luke35 (83)
• United States
22 Jun 17
If you have never been to Pittsburgh (or if you have and have never entered the city from the west side), be sure to visit downtown by approaching from Interstate 376 (also routes US 22 and US 30 which join up with it). This is the way you would approach if coming from the airport. In addition to the 456 bridges, Pittsburgh also has several tunnels which cut through the surrounding hills - including the Fort Pitt tunnel which is at the bottom of a steep hill just outside of downtown on I-376. After you come down the hill and through the tunnel, the entire downtown and all three rivers immediately greet you as you exit the tunnel - extremely spectacular view on a sunny day as you emerge from the darkness of the Fort Pitt tunnel! There are some videos of it floating around on YouTube, but nothing compares to doing it live.
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Jun 17
I have no plans yet to visit, but it was interesting to hear about the bridges.
@just4him (117490)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Apr 16
That's great info about Pittsburgh and things I would never have known otherwise. Cities I find fascinating would be Tokyo, Sydney, Paris, Anchorage, Singapore, and Rome. I'm sure there are many more, but those were the first to come to mind.
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@Bluedoll (17068)
• Canada
29 Apr 16
That was interesting. Now we know where the Ferris Wheel came from.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Apr 16
I've never been to Pittsburg even though we've been to the north east many times. I think I need to plan a side trip for this summer.
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28 Apr 16
I have not, but my husband visited his brother there a few years ago & said it was a pretty neat city.
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@jstory07 (67239)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 Apr 16
I was there in my teens but have never been back since than.
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@JohnRoberts (57351)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Apr 16
I would like to visit Pittsburgh some day to visit the Andy Warhol Museum and see the Pirates play,
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@Platespinner (16522)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Apr 16
We drive past PIttsburgh every time we head north to Canada...maybe one of these days we'll take a bit of extra time and so some sight seeing. That's a LOT of bridges!
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
28 Apr 16
Whenever I pee in my stream I am pleased that that water eventually flows through Pittsburgh! :) We have the starting point of the Allegheny river up here, and it's still a little river flowing through my town. Up north it starts to get bigger. (it flows south, west, then north, west, then south, and then south-southwest until it gets there) If it goes east at all it isn't very far, but it is a multi-directional river!
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Apr 16
Because of their great music scene 's, I am interested in Manchester, England and Austin, Texas.
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• United States
29 Apr 16
I am so not into cities anymore. But when I was travelling with students, it was the smaller cities, like Heidelberg, Salzburg and Les Baux de Provence. You could really get your head around them.
@LadyDuck (157953)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 16
I have never visited Pittsburgh, so many bridges makes me nervous, this is a reason why I am not so excited by Venice. Interesting cities I have visited: Rome and Florence, London, Paris, Vienna, many others around the world.