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Mikhail

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Apr 2 2014 at 10:12pm #

TeamDecaf wrote:Maybe I should have said… “your orders are to Run out and get this tag.”

Message sent. :)


paulheckbert

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Apr 3 2014 at 11:02am #

Field Gun, Saline St, Four Mile Run
(see Greenfield at

http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/files/war_memorials_11-11-11_r1.pdf).


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 3 2014 at 11:38am #

I’ve ridden past that a bazillion times and never noticed it. I had no idea where this was.


paulheckbert

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Apr 3 2014 at 1:00pm #

new tag

a place I’ve written about


Mikhail

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Apr 3 2014 at 2:08pm #

StuInMcCandless wrote:I’ve ridden past that a bazillion times and never noticed it. I had no idea where this was.

ha-ha, I have photo with my bike near date 10/06/2012. I’ve sent it to TeamDecaf since i did not want to publish it. :)


Ahlir

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Apr 4 2014 at 5:30pm #

At the south-eastern end of the Glenwood Bridge.

loc: 40.393178, -79.934606

Note that the original tag is not, uh, tagged. Look closely at the concrete just above the bike and you’ll see that it’s more or less the same place. One some urban landscape level kind of thing this is kind of cool, presuming it went up in the last day.


Marko82

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Apr 4 2014 at 7:52pm #

^ Better check Paul’s hands for spray paint.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 4 2014 at 7:56pm #

What’s the stuff all over the steps? Looks like gravel. Actually it looks more like eroded pieces of the steps. That can’t be safe to walk on.


paulheckbert

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Apr 4 2014 at 11:42pm #

Very interesting about the “tagged tag”.

About the junk on the steps, it’s crumbling concrete that has fallen from cracks above. In April 2013 we swept these Glenwood Bridge stairs, so we know that all those chunks fell in the last year. Here’s a photo from one month ago.

The Pittsburgh Bridges website says that the bridge was built in 1966, it went through major rehabilitation and deck replacement in 2000, and it was field checked in May 2000.

http://pghbridges.com/pittsburghE/0590-4472/glenwood.htm


Steven

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Apr 5 2014 at 1:08am #

I think “field checked” means when the author of the Pittsburgh Bridges website last went to the bridge to check the data. It’s a property of the web page, not the bridge.

Major bridges have to be inspected at least every 2 years, unless their owners apply to the feds for a 4-year cycle. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Glenwood Bridge requires more frequent inspections than the basic 2 year cycle, especially given the crumbling concrete Paul reports.


Ahlir

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Apr 5 2014 at 10:31am #

The steps were fine; I went up them on my way back. The bit on top is not (yet) overgrown, which was nice.

My brother the civil engineer once was visiting and we were driving around. He was aghast at the state of bridges and walls around here: once concrete has rotted down to the rebar the structure is more or less done for (think rust etc).

Let me not belabor the point, but this November remember which political party has resisted putting money into maintaining our infrastructure (let alone improving it). They are not your friend.


Ahlir

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Apr 6 2014 at 12:41pm #

The Tag:

The Clue:
I’ve always wondered how Pittsburgh landmarks were designated. For example there’s the Incline… and then there’s this.


campV

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Apr 6 2014 at 5:04pm #


Coffey Way and Sixth
LindaP and campV


TeamDecaf

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Apr 6 2014 at 6:38pm #

Yay!


campV

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Apr 6 2014 at 6:42pm #

New Tag
The Dutch derivation “dodoor’
meaning ‘sluggard’ will not apply to the crafty person who finds this dodo.
campV and lindaP


Ahlir

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Apr 6 2014 at 7:24pm #

Just to elaborate, that’s the front of the Duquesne Club.
Where our local oligarchs hang out…


jonawebb

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Apr 10 2014 at 8:22am #

Another clue would be nice.
Just a suggestion (not a rule; the rules of Tag-o-Rama are as ancient and immutable as the laws of physics): if a tag isn’t picked up a couple of days after the last clue, a new clue is in order.


campV

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Apr 10 2014 at 3:46pm #

Children love these and sometimes need this place.


jonawebb

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Apr 10 2014 at 7:21pm #

“Connections”, Chilldren’s hospital


jonawebb

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Apr 11 2014 at 6:19pm #

Sixteen tags and whaddaya get
Another year older and closer to Webb
If you look for this it might help to know
It’s back behind a big box store


TeamDecaf

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Apr 12 2014 at 2:58pm #

Waterfront at Loews


jonawebb

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Apr 12 2014 at 4:07pm #

Yes, it is a 12,000 ton hydraulic press. They used it to form billets of steel into battleship armor. All of Homestead would shake when it came down. 24,000,000 pounds of force.


campV

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Apr 12 2014 at 4:21pm #

Yah!!! Team Decaf


TeamDecaf

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Apr 12 2014 at 8:59pm #

Any idea what year the press was built? It is an amazing behemoth, beautiful and telling of its era.

Lowe’s not Loews


Steven

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Apr 13 2014 at 12:40am #

The Loews is at the other end of the mall. This end has the Lowe’s.

There’s an interpretive sign next to the press. A web page reports that it says:

This 12,000-ton hydraulic forging press is the only susrviving turn of the century heavy steel forging press in America. Installed in 1903, it doubled the Homestead Works’ armor plate capacity and enabled the mill to become one of the United States Navy’s largest suppliers of steel for the next fifty years.

Many World War II battleships were outfitted with armor plate from this press, including the USS Missouri–the ship on which the Japanese signed the articles of surrender that ended the War.

The 12,000-ton press could squeeze billets of steel weighing up to 780,000 pounds into 18″ thick plate. The enormous force it exerted created deep, thundering reverberations that could be felt throughout Homestead.


jonawebb

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Apr 13 2014 at 8:32am #

That’s also the best way to the Homestead Grays bridge from the GAP trail. Maybe to the rest of the GAP trail too, I don’t know. You avoid the fast traffic on the too-wide Waterfront Drive.


TeamDecaf

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Apr 13 2014 at 7:25pm #

This is Spring? Today felt more like summer.


Ahlir

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Apr 13 2014 at 7:57pm #

That’s also the best way to the Homestead Grays bridge from the GAP trail.

Not to sound all that fusty, but I submitted that route to Google Maps as a bike route a couple of years ago. And it was accepted!
But then… it disappeared. The rules say that you’d get an appeal. Never happened.
How does Google decide who to listen to? (A rhetorical question.)

Pro tip: going west, cut over to the traffic light through the parking lot. It beats trying to merge into the traffic at the nominal junction.


jonawebb

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Apr 14 2014 at 1:45pm #

Ahlir wrote:The rules say that you’d get an appeal. Never happened.

Sounds kind of whiny to me. Isn’t there a rule against whining here?
Anyway, sometimes you really have to whip Google into shape. I had a heck of a time getting them to unlist the fenced-off trail past the Carrie Furnace west of the Rankin Bridge. (It was messing up all bike routing between Braddock and the Waterfront.) Finally got them to do it after reporting it as an error, not trying to edit the map myself. Paul H. has stories about arguing with them about the Steel Valley trail. He’s also responsible for that odd non-existent zigzag on the GAP near Kennywood; the result of a failed editing attempt.
But I haven’t gone back to check if the Carrie Furnace trail has reappeared.


jonawebb

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Apr 14 2014 at 2:55pm #

Anyhoo, looking at the map, I see your suggested route, @ahlir. You have to zoom in a little in the bicycling view.


Ahlir

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Apr 14 2014 at 6:50pm #

Ah, indeed.

Actually, I proposed it as a full-fledged bike route. (It was early on, what did I know.) It disappeared.
At some point it seems to have come back, as a “friendly” route. Also looks like they turned the sidewalk along Waterfront into a trail. How does that work?

I haven’t noticed that magnification dependency before. That’s neat. I think.

Finally:
It’s my posting and I’ll whine if I want to


TeamDecaf

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Apr 16 2014 at 8:01pm #

29 degrees, 32 degrees, whatever, it’s still Spring.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 17 2014 at 2:03pm #

I could use another hint on the current tag.


jonawebb

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Apr 17 2014 at 2:26pm #

I know exactly where it is, and will pick it up I think Saturday morning if someone doesn’t get there first…
Of course, since it’s sort of in Stu’s neck of the woods, maybe he’ll beat me. Which would be like hitting a homer.


TeamDecaf

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Apr 17 2014 at 2:40pm #

Zoom in on this image and the location lies within.


TeamDecaf

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Apr 17 2014 at 2:42pm #

and oh, don’t bother googling, it’s not on street view


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 17 2014 at 4:30pm #

Ah, I see where it is now. And I should have known it, since I searched all over tarnation to pick up Tag 744 a few feet away last summer.

OK, everyone, that should pin it down pretty closely. My chances of making it over there in the next hour are almost zero, and chances of picking it up on Friday are slimmer still.


paulheckbert

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Apr 17 2014 at 6:08pm #

Homer St & Damas St, Spring Hill.

http://www.pghmurals.com/The-History-of-Spring-Hill-Mosaic.cfm


TeamDecaf

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Apr 17 2014 at 8:54pm #

^Cool how the golden hour lit (lighted?) the “Spring Hill” portion of the mural. Nice shot.


paulheckbert

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Apr 17 2014 at 9:58pm #

new tag

One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination

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