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May 24, 2017

Cannonballs Unearthed at the Allegheny Arsenal

A backhoe operator excavating the site of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Arsenal for the construction of new apartments recently discovered hundreds of Civil War-era cannonballs. The contractor alerted the bomb squad and precautions were taken to keep residents near 39th and Foster streets safe from the 150-year-old artillery projectiles. But what are these balls made of, how did they get there and how dangerous are they?

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May 10, 2017

Redd Up Pittsburgh!

As May 10 rolls around, it’s time to give a nod to National Clean Up Your Room Day, or as Pittsburghers might say, Redd Up Your Room Day. This annual day encourages everyone to gather the cleaning supplies and tidy up around the house. Get cleaning, Pittsburgh!

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March 31, 2017

Rodman’s Big Gun

The largest cannon of the Civil War was a monstrous 20-inch caliber ship killer designed by Thomas Jackson Rodman—one of America’s most innovative and productive ordnance experts.

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