Pittsburgh Then and Now
Penn Incline, Hill District


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The Penn Incline was one of more than a dozen inclines that transported people and freight up and down the hills of Pittsburgh in the early part of the 20th century. Built in 1883, the Penn Incline traveled from Ledlie Street in the Hill District to 17th Street in the Strip District. The 20-ton coal freight car, which also transported people, stopped service in 1953 and was dismantled. The early picture was shot sometime between 1938 and 1953.

(Then photo copyright 2004 Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles "Teenie" Harris Archive; contemporary photograph by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette.)

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