Historical Markers In & Around Pittsburgh

Find historical markers in Pittsburgh! Over 2,000 aluminum signs mark the sites of historic events, notable birth places and other interesting history throughout the state of Pennsylvania. These historical markers provide insight into the history of each particular location, but together provide an interesting snapshot of the region’s past as a whole. The Historical Marker Program is over 100 years old, but is still active, as more markers are added every year.

Here are the exact locations and wording of 384 historical markers in and around Pittsburgh. For additional attractions, historical sites and points of interest around the markers, view our Map of All Listings or visit the Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide daily for local history and happenings.

The Pennsylvania Historical Markers are administered and maintained by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information, visit their site at http://www.phmc.pa.gov/


Fallingwater (1 of 2)

1635 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464, USA

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), this house was built in 1936 as a family retreat for Pittsburgh businessman Edgar J. Kaufmann. Widely admired for its design, it is dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall; it exemplifies Wright’s desire to join architecture with nature. Edgar Kaufmann jr.Read more…

Kennywood Park Pittsburgh

Kennywood Park

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122, USA

A National Historic Landmark, designated 1987. In 1898 a picnic grove on Anthony Kenny’s farm here was leased to the Monongahela Street Railway Co. for an amusement park linked to Pittsburgh by its trolley line. Sold to private interests in 1906, the park was to survive a Depression, recessions, and two World Wars.Read more…

1909 McKee’s Rocks Strike

2-98 Graham St, McKees Rocks, PA 15136, USA

On July 14, unskilled immigrant workers led a strike against the Pressed Steel Car Company. Strain among the strikers, replacement laborers, and state police erupted into a riot on August 22. Eleven men were killed near this footbridge.Read more…

1948 Donora Smog, The

500-502 PA-837, Donora, PA 15033, USA

Major federal clean air laws became a legacy of this environmental disaster that focused national attention on air pollution. In late October of 1948, a heavy fog blanketed this valley, and as the days passed, the fog became a thick, acrid smog that left about 20 people dead and thousands ill.Read more…

Absalom (Albert) Hazlett (1837-1860)

1988-2046 S 6th St, Indiana, PA 15701, USA

A staunch abolitionist, Hazlett became a lieutenant in John Brown’s provisional army and participated in the raid on Harper’s Ferry Arsenal in 1859. He was captured, tried, convicted, and hanged for his involvement following the failed Harper’s Ferry attack. This incident, intended to arm slaves to fight for their own freedom, was a major catalyst for the outbreak of the Civil War.Read more…

Alan Freed (1921-1965)

1320 Graham Ave, Windber, PA 15963, USA

Disc jockey who coined the term “Rock & Roll” in the early 1950s. Freed used the term to describe up-tempo black rhythm and blues records he played as DJ “Moondog” on his radio show. Freed further popularized this music through TV programs, movies, and concerts, including what is considered to be the nation’s first Rock & Roll concert (1952).Read more…

Albert Gallatin

117 Penn St, Point Marion, PA 15474, USA

Jeffersonian diplomat, financier, and statesman, Gallatin was the longest serving US Secretary of the Treasury, 1801 to 1814. As such, he facilitated the Lewis and Clark Expedition, successfully reduced the national debt until the War of 1812, and helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war. In the 1790s he was instrumental in calming the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pa.Read more…