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From its founding in 1814 by William Barclay Foster, Lawrenceville has been the center of historic events. During the Civil War, the riverside community became home to the Allegheny Arsenal, where 78 people perished in an explosion in 1862, making it the worst civilian disaster of the war. Lawrenceville evolved into a lively, walkable neighborhood that barely slept because of the high volume of shift workers at places such as Iron City Brewery, St. Francis Hospital, and the steel mills. Businesses, churches, all-night diners, and other gathering places were easily accessible to residents, and families became closely associated with the landmarks where they worked, worshipped, and socialized. Having celebrated its 200th birthday in 2014, Lawrenceville remains a bustling community with a vitality equal to that of the immigrant days, and it continues to be a place of camaraderie where individuals are dedicated to their neighborhood.
ISBN: 9781467123303
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 182
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Human interest writer Joann Cantrell and local historian James Wudarczyk combined their talents and shared passion for Lawrenceville by researching and documenting the community's rich history. Working with the Lawrenceville Historical Society and individuals who shared personal photographs, the authors present a mosaic of images to preserve the heart and soul of a beloved Pittsburgh neighborhood.
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