Ormsby River Farms
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
After the Major died in 1804, his descendants continued to build beautiful riverside mansions between 21st Street and 26th Street. In front of these manor houses, extending down the gentle slope to the river's edge, were rose gardens, forests and meadows. The country scene changed when the railroad and industrial development transformed
A fisherman casts his line into the Monongahela River in front of the Ormsby Farms. The trees along the river were huge, boats could be dock beneath their exposed roots. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Grant's Hill was blasted away and the rocks and earth were carted off to fill the stream valleys. The site is known today as Grant Street.
In 1790, farms with log or wood houses lined the Monongahela River along today's South Side. Across the river, Pittsburgh was little more than a river village. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Erected by Friends of the Riverfront, DCNR, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, City of Pittsburgh, PHMC.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, French and Indian.
Location. 40° 26.076′ N, 79° 59.084′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Three Rivers Heritage Trail 0.8 miles east of Grant Street, on the left when traveling east. Not accessible by motorized vehicle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Diamonds (here, next to this marker); Coal Transportation
Also see . . . Friends of the Riverfront. (Submitted on June 1, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.