Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
After the Civil War, lumber and oil industries took advantage of the island location for oil refineries and saw mills. By the early 1900s, Herr's Island changed again due to legislation requiring railroads to provide a rest stop for animals traveling from Midwest to the East Coast. Onto the island moved a large stockyard followed by meat packing plants, a sawmill, fertilizer works, a railroad salvage yard, and the city garbage dump. Garbage and refuse were piled so high the railroads had to elevate their bridges.
After the stockyards and garbage dumps closed in the 1970s, Herr's Island was left as a contaminated "brown field." Today, the island symbolizes the City's ability to transform and old industrial site into a beautiful community and park. Century-old iron and steel railroad bridges remain to commemorate the industrial past. The new island development site is named Washington's Landing to honor George Washington who spent a night here after nearly drowning in the icy river in 1753.
Location. 40° 27.579′ N, 79° 58.967′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Touch for map. Marker is located just west of the entrance of the pedestrian bridge to Herr's Island. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Thomas Carlin's Sons Foundry (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Croatian Church, North Side (approx. 0.2 miles away); Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Nicholas Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mala Jaska (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); St. Nicholas Church and Mala Jaska (approx. ¼ mile away); Troy Hill Incline (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
Also see . . . Washington's Landing. RiverLife.org (Submitted on November 14, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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