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

Fallingwater (1 of 2)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…