original photographs were taken of Pittsburgh during the late 1800s and
early 1900s. The photographs show not only views of
Pittsburgh's Skyline but also show Pittsburgh Bridges during this period of
Some of these photographs are the originals
of post cards which are on the Pittsburgh Views pages.
Many of these
photographs are posted on the Library of Congress Web Page titled
From the Detroit Publishing Company 1880-1920. Once
you are at this page use the Search Functions which will take you to
pictures of Pittsburgh.
photos can be found on Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections
view a larger image click on that particular image, for a brief
description of the image place your cursor on the image.
photo of the Pittsburgh Wharf is dated 1890. During periods of low
water it was a practice to line up the boats until high water
returned. Many of these boats are identified in an article found in
the S&D Reflector. The identified boats include: Steamer
VOYAGER on the far shore, Steamer TWILIGHT which is parallel to the shore
on the left, going up the line are Steamers WM. BONNER, JOS NIXON, BOB
CONNELL, HORNET No2, JOSH COOK, ANNIE ROBERTS, and the large boat with two
stacks with an emblem between them is the JOSEPH B. WILLIAMS.
shows the Station Square area of today as it appeared in 1905, including
P&LE Railroad Yard, Smithfield Street Bridge and the city skyline.
panoramic view shows Pittsburgh as it looked during the early
photo, dated 1908, shows two sets of riverboats lashed together.
Lashing boats together normally only occurred as part of a River Parade.
Based upon the date of 1908, this photo was probably taken at the 1908
Pittsburgh Sequi-Centennial River Boat Parade.
Of interest in this photo is the natural gas storage
tank shown in the upper right corner. Read about the explosion of
this tank on November 14, 1927 by clicking on the link below. View a
photo of the tank on that same newspaper page by scrolling to the top of