Some People Don’t Know That Pittsburgh Was The First To Do These 10 Things
By Beth Price-Williams|Updated on June 25, 2023(Originally published June 20, 2023)
A professional writer for more than two decades, Beth has lived in nearly a dozen states – from Missouri and Virginia to Connecticut and Vermont – and Toronto, Canada. In addition to traveling extensively in the U.S. and the U.K., she has a BA in Journalism from Point Park University (PA), a MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University (NJ), and a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University (PA). A writer and editor for Only In Your State since 2016, Beth grew up in and currently lives outside of Pittsburgh and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her bunnies, budgies, and chinchilla, she and her daughter are out chasing waterfalls.
Pittsburgh frequently finds itself in the headlines for its medical and technical innovation and sports wins. It’s not new, of course, as the Burgh has been grabbing headlines for decades. Here are 10 Pittsburgh firsts that changed lives and, in some cases, the course of history.
As you can see, the things Pittsburgh did first are quite numerous. Which ones were your favorites? What other Pittsburgh firsts would you add to the list? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below!
Alas, there are some things Pittsburghers grew up with that we can no longer do. (Spoiler alert: We miss you Kaufmann’s!)
If you’re still in the mood for more Pennsylvania adventures, take a look at this video about the Philadelphia Magic Garden:
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