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From Fort Pitt to Coal Hill; geological, archaeological, and historical aspects of downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington

Joseph T. Hannibal, Andrew Gaerte and Ann L. Holstein
From Fort Pitt to Coal Hill; geological, archaeological, and historical aspects of downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington (in Forts, floods, and periglacial features; exploring the Pittsburgh Low Plateau and Upper Youghiogheny Basin, Joseph T. Hannibal (editor) and Kyle C. Fredrick (editor))
Field Guide (Geological Society of America) (March 2017) 46: 1-28

Abstract

This guidebook chapter outlines a walking tour that provides an introduction to the geological, archaeological, and historical setting of Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on the use of local and imported geologic materials and resources in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The focus is on downtown Pittsburgh, the low-lying triangle of land where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers join to form the Ohio River, and Coal Hill (Mount Washington), the escarpment along the Monongahela River to its south. Topics include the importance of-and concomitant effect of-historic coal use; use of local and imported geologic materials, including dimension stone used for buildings and gravestones, and chert used for gunflints and millstones; the frontier forts built at the site; and the ubiquitous landslides along Coal Hill.


ISSN: 2333-0937
EISSN: 2333-0945
Serial Title: Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Serial Volume: 46
Title: From Fort Pitt to Coal Hill; geological, archaeological, and historical aspects of downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington
Title: Forts, floods, and periglacial features; exploring the Pittsburgh Low Plateau and Upper Youghiogheny Basin
Author(s): Hannibal, Joseph T.Gaerte, AndrewHolstein, Ann L.
Author(s): Hannibal, Joseph T.editor
Author(s): Fredrick, Kyle C.editor
Affiliation: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, United States
Affiliation: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, United States
Pages: 1-28
Published: 201703
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
References: 131
Accession Number: 2017-026046
Categories: Areal geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
N40°25'51" - N40°25'51", W80°00'37" - W80°00'37"
N40°25'00" - N40°27'00", W80°01'00" - W79°58'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Fort Pitt Museum, USA, United StatesCase Western Reserve University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201716
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