Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

Burning of the Union Depot in 1877


The Railroad Riots of 1877 destroyed millions of dollars in property in Pittsburgh, not least of which was the main Pennsylvania Railroad station. The railroad commissioned Daniel Burnham to design the new station, a masterpiece that is still with us today, but also a big fat raspberry to the rioters, telling them to their faces that the railroad only grew stronger in the face of their opposition. This print (which old Pa Pitt has cleaned up a bit) comes from a book called Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Great Riots, which is a history of all the famous urban riots in America up to 1882.

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