Category: Rivers

  • Tenth Street Bridge

    The Tenth Street Bridge reflected in the unusually placid Monongahela.

  • Firstside from the Mon

    Downtown Pittsburgh seen from the Monongahela side, with the mighty river rolling in the foreground.

  • Bridges on the Mon

    Foreground to background:

    Liberty Bridge,

    Panhandle Bridge (trolleys only),

    Smithfield Street Bridge,

    Fort Pitt Bridge.

  • Barge Train on the Mon

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    The Monongahela is still very much a working river, and barge trains like this are a common sight. This one is empty and going upstream. Somewhere up there these barges will be filled with coal and come back downstream with their loads.

    The boat that pushes the barges from behind is called, defying common sense, a towboat (corrected from “tug,” thanks to the helpful comment of a kind reader). Working on the barge trains is a dangerous business, but river culture has its own romance, with strong traditions passed on through the generations that most of us who spend our days on dry land know nothing about.

  • To the Ballgame via River

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    On a spring or summer evening, a favorite Pittsburgh pastime is to ride a streetcar or drive to Station Square, and then take a boat to the baseball game. The short trip actually takes us on all three rivers. Above, the Majestic, flagship of the Gateway Clipper fleet, chugs under the Fort Pitt Bridge on its way to PNC Park; below, the little Countess and the Princess make the same trip.

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