“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Pat the Avenger Returns Fire

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

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circa 2007
1. Pat the Avenger Returns Fire Marker
Inscription. In The Great Strike of 1877, a labor dispute between workers and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company set off a popular uprising. The Philadelphia militia shot into an unarmed crowd on July 21st and then took shelter in the roundhouse at 26th Street. On the morning of July 22nd they marched eastward, retreating from the city. By then, thousands of citizens had raided arms and ammunition shops — preparing themselves to avenge the dead and defend their community. The people of Pittsburgh fired tenaciously upon the militiamen from street corners, alleyways, windows, and housetops as they fled up Penn Avenue.

Local legend gives a name to one of many individuals who doggedly pursued the retreating troops. "Pat the Avenger" is described as a calm and collected gunman emerging from doorways and alleyways, methodically taking aim and firing with great accuracy. It is believed that Pat killed several retreating militiamen, however stories vary and no one has been able to confirm the manís identity.
Erected 2007 by The Howling Mob Society.
Location. 40° 27.765′ N, 79° 58.017′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Butler Street, on
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By the Howling Mob Society, used with permission, circa 2007
2. Pat the Avenger Returns Fire Marker
the right when traveling east on Penn Avenue. Touch for map. Marker found on Penn Avenue where Butler merges. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pittsburgh Brewing Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pittsburgh Grease Plant (about 600 feet away); St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of the Aluminum Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen C. Foster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Martin Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Safe Haven Denied at Allegheny Arsenal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnny Unitas (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
More about this marker. Mounted on municipal electrical pole.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Markers erected by the Howling Mob Society in 2007.
Also see . . .  The Howling Mob Society Website. (Submitted on January 4, 2010.)
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