PENNSYLVANIA AND PITTSBURGHAs Pennsylvanians and Pittsburghers, we can boast a very rich history within that of ourcountry’s. More than 200 years later, our state continues to be a key player on a national scale.
The state capital is Harrisburg, which wasselected for its centrality, and the state isdivided into numerous counties.
William Penn, the founder of PA, was granted a charterfrom the king to pay off a government debt to hisfather.
The flashpoint for the French andIndian War was the Ohio country, whereboth France and Great Britainconsidered the area vital to theirnational security in North America.
During the Revolutionary period, PA in general,and Philadelphia in particular, played a key rolebecause of the state’s centralized location withinthe 13 colonies.
Following the failed govt. under theArticles of Confederation, the U.S.Constitution was written and ratified bydelegates from 12 out of the 13 colonies atthe Constitutional Convention inPhiladelphia in Sept. 1787.
Following the purchase of the Louisiana Territoryfrom France, President Thomas Jefferson contractedLewis & Clark to explore and map this great expanse.Their historical journey began in Pgh.
James Buchanan has been the only president from PAthus far.He has been criticized by many historians for hislackluster performance in the years preceding theCivil War.
Historically, immigrants arriving fromcentral and eastern Europe settled inPittsburgh to work in the coal minesand the steel mills.
Immigrant families also ran successful businesses throughout the state, including butcher shops.
The Amish are a unique immigrantsubculture located in south central(Lancaster) PA.
In the late 19th century, a Scottish immigrant,Andrew Carnegie, created a steel empire, whichput Pgh “on the map,” and ushered in thenickname “the arsenal of democracy” duringWWI and WWII.
While the steel industry enriched Pgh and became a source of civic pride, the downside was adangerously dirty environment, which earned Pgh the nickname, “the dirtiest city in America.” It wasso bad that day turned into night from smog and soot, and the rivers burned.
Since the demise of the steel industry in the ’70’s and ’80’s, whichcaused tremendous economic hardships and a dramatic populationdecline, Pgh has rebounded to be recognized as the country’s mostlivable city in both 1985 and again in 2006.
And Pgh has largely shed its steel townimage for one focusing on health careand education.The city boasts the first “green”convention building in the country, and anational aviary considered one of thefinest.
Some of the more famouseateries in Pittsburghinclude nationally knownPrimanti Bros. and theOriginal Hot Dog Shop.
Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield is famous for its oversized burgers and standing challenge. The eatery began with 2 & 3 pound burgers, followed by a 6 pound burger.Any two people who can eat it within athree hour sitting get it for free. For Their latest trademark is the 15 pound burger, whicheveryone else, it costs $30. features a 10 pound patty fitted on a 17 inch bun. The balance of the weight comes from 25 slices of cheese, a head of lettuce, 3 tomatoes, and 2 onions.
Would you take the challenge?Could you beat Mr. Sciullo’s time?I’ll take two: One to eat as a sit down meal and one to takehome for a snack.