Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)
Location Name: Mount Washington (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Location Type: Neighborhood
The Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh has a history as rich as that of the more populated city-center below. Originally known as Coal Hill, the base of Mount Washington once was the site of coal mines and sandstones quarries. Due to the dangers and difficulty of traveling up and down the hill, the German immigrants who lived atop the hill proposed that an incline (like those in operation in Europe at the time) be built. Before long several of Mount Washington’s iconic inclines were built to help transport people and freight to the neighborhood. Two of these inclines survive and are two of the oldest continually operating inclines in the world.
As the years passed and roads were built to access Mount Washington, the inclines became somewhat less important. Yet travel in the area is still somewhat difficult. Four tunnels have been built to ease the transportation network and prevent highways from being unable to access the downtown area directly to the north. Today Mount Washington is known for its beautiful views of the Pittsburgh skyline. Several overlooks dot the crest of the hill bringing tourists and sight-seers to the increasingly trendy area. Some of the city’s nicest restaurants sit atop Mount Washington allowing their patrons to enjoy the world-class view. The inclines are still a staple of the tourist experience, and no visit to Pittsburgh is complete without a ride up to view the city from Mount Washington.Sources