Pittsburgh Then and Now
Federal Street, North Shore


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In 1911, small storefront businesses lined Federal Street and the Sixth Street Bridge was a truss span originally erected in 1892. Trolleys and horse drawn carriages were the main mode of transportation from the North Side across the Allegheny River to Downtown Pittsburgh. Now, PNC Park is the dominant building on the west side of Federal Street. In 1928, a self-anchored suspension bridge was built to span the Allegheny. We now know it as the Roberto Clemente Bridge. It's the fourth bridge built at this location, and in 1929 its beauty was honored by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

(Archive photograph courtesy Then photo courtesy of Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh. Contemporary photograph by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette.)

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