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June 24, 2016

Hurricane Agnes and the Fort Pitt Museum

By 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 1972, a flood caused by tropical storm Agnes had reached its 35.8-foot crest in Pittsburgh. Fort Pitt Museum records indicate that when Agnes struck the Point, 45 inches of floodwater inundated the building.

April 8, 2016

Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845

For a century, the Great Fire stood as the event by which Pittsburgh’s history was measured: the “before” and “after” point. Burned streets were rebuilt and businesses resumed, but memories lingered.

January 27, 2016

The Mystery of Pittsburgh’s “Ghost Bomber”

Sixty years ago, at the height of our nation’s Cold War frenzy, an American military plane crashed into an icy Pittsburgh river, sparking one of our city’s most interesting – and enduring – unsolved mysteries.