'Remembering Pittsburgh: An “Eyewitness” History of the Steel City'

This book a fine reminder that the local newspaper is on the scene documenting the life of our region long before the historians ever get around to it.

It’s often said in this age of the Internet thatnewspapers are quickly becoming a thing of the past. A whole generation is coming up that has no real experience with the ink-smudged headlines of a daily paper. As a former paperboy, I find that incredible.

Len Barcousky’s Remembering Pittsburgh: An “Eyewitness” History of the Steel City serves as a fine reminder that the local newspaper is on the scene documenting the life of our region long before the historians ever get around to it. This slim volume, a collection of Barcousky’s “Eyewitness” columns from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—ones in which he compellingly retells the headlines of yore—is our own “The Way It Was.”

From George Washington’s first sighting of The Point to the tragedy of the Allegheny Arsenal explosion to prison breaks, we are privy to a street-level chronicle of the shaping of Pittsburgh. Perfect for the history buff.


Remembering Pittsburgh: An “Eyewitness” History of the Steel City by Len Barcousky; The History Press; $19.99.