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paulheckbert

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Jun 23 2014 at 7:17pm #

And one in Verona: Point Breeze Reservoir.

I didn’t get out to McNaugher Reservoir, but I did some reading about it.

In Pittsburgh’s water history, disease and associated superstitions were common. Cholera epidemics kept Pittsburgh in fear. Coal fires and pitch pots were lit in the streets, expecting that the flames would kill the cause of the disease. Hundreds perished in 1832, 1833, 1834, 1849, 1850, 1854 and 1855.

http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pwsa/History_of_the_Pittsburgh_Public_Water_Supply2.ppt

Pittsburgh at one time had the highest rate of typhoid in the country; in the late 19th century, about half of all foreign-born men became sick with typhoid within two years of arriving in the city.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegheny_County_Sanitary_Authority

Water filtration and more reservoirs were built around 1900, including McNaugher. Here’s the construction of Herron Hill Reservoir.

More recently, in the Pittsburgh Press newspaper, 1983:

In the heat of mid-summer, the temptation presented by a reservoir filled with cool, clean water is just too much to resist for urban youths… Young swimmers “just take over the reservoirs, even though the police have been patrolling them, even though we have high fences around them.” …
The two reservoirs in Highland Park, East Liberty, and the Brashear and McNaugher reservoirs “are where we’ve had the most activity this summer”.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19830815&id=f0ocAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1mEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5202,7602897


Ahlir

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Jun 23 2014 at 8:52pm #

Highland Park Reservoirs.
Pittsburgh Zoo.
Alleghators.

Problem solved.
You’re welcome.


StuInMcCandless

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Jun 24 2014 at 6:36am #

New tag!
The name of this street is not Hydrant Way, but it may as well be.
The first letter is the same, though.


Ahlir

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Jun 24 2014 at 10:38am #

PWSA pump station on Howard St, corner of (duh) Rising Main Ave.

loc: 40.464622, -80.000245

The blue hydrants are for high-pressure flow. I asked one of the people there but he said they’d never been used during his time there.


Ahlir

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Jun 25 2014 at 8:17am #


No fires when I went by, but I’m sure the folks around the corner would know what to do.

A somewhat clueful tune:


KD

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Jun 25 2014 at 10:49am #

Hamilton and Braddock. It looked familiar — I saw it a few days ago when I went after the Ross Rd tag (but was beaten by a couple of hours by jonawebb)


KD

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Jun 25 2014 at 10:55am #

It’s a pretty steep grade — you may want to walk your bike up to the sky.


Ahlir

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Jun 25 2014 at 11:53am #

ah yes, this one:

I have a particular affinity for it. It was my first tag ever:


Ahlir

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Jun 25 2014 at 12:48pm #

Some meta-comments:
According to Steven’s spreadsheet, we’re up to 850 tags (yow). The probability of duplication is rising accordingly. Not that there’s anything wrong about it per se. But people remember stuff, so repeats get snapped up pretty fast. I like the game because it makes me come up with places and perspectives that I believe somehow require a bit of detective work (or, minimally, a habit of riding around a whole lot). Sometimes I get it wrong (like when you found the foot).

If I have an idea, I try to check the Tag-o-Rama map:

http://goo.gl/maps/149f

It tells me if my totally awesome tag idea has already been snapped. Alternately, if you’re tooling along and spot something that’s just perfect for a tag and snap it, look at the map when you get back. Sometimes it’s been taken, like this one I took yesterday, only to discover it was already done:

Grr.

But at least I finally got to do one of those bar-b-que places. Too bad they’re weren’t smoking (which they seem to do earlier in the day). It would have looked cooler.


KD

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Jun 25 2014 at 1:09pm #

I do check the map before posting. It does not show a previous tag at Walking to the Sky.


jonawebb

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Jun 25 2014 at 1:16pm #

KD’s right — the location is wrong on tag #42.


Ahlir

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Jun 25 2014 at 1:53pm #

Hm. Did someone just fix it?

I apologize to KD. My post could be taken as rather patronizing…


jonawebb

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Jun 25 2014 at 2:00pm #

Yeah, I moved it. It seemed like it didn’t take at first.


KD

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Jun 25 2014 at 2:03pm #

That’s cool Ahlir — no offense taken.


Ahlir

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Jun 25 2014 at 6:05pm #



Well bow to the partner and the corners all
Join hands, circle to the left – go around that ring
Go eight to the middle with a hey-hey-hey!
Do an allemande left, and a right and left grand
You kick it on up, go ‘round

When you meet your girl swing and whirl
Then promenade that lady fair
Take a little walk around that square

Hint: Saturday


Ahlir

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Jun 27 2014 at 7:14pm #

oh dear. still not picked up.
A few notes:

1) Yes this is (or rather was) a church. There’s a plaque on the side that identifies it as “St. Mark AME Zion”. I was somewhat surprised: the character of the neighborhood is very different now (I don’t live there, but I know a hipster when I see one). It honors Pastor A. A. Henderson, and mentions Thomas Gabrielli as the “patron” (I found a Pittsburgh architect by that name).
Here’s a picture of Henderson from 50 years ago.
There are many St. Mark AME churches in the US and even one in a nearby town. This tagged building does not show up on search, however (well, I’m lazy and scanned only the first page).

2) The quotation should be easy to figure out. I’m told that doing this stuff is (or was) a standard part of the elementary school curriculum in the US. And so people grew up despising it. Pity.

3) The church, now a hall, is used for various community functions. There’s one just about to take place. I thought the publicity for the event was pretty good. Even someone like me noticed it in several different places.


jonawebb

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Jun 27 2014 at 8:37pm #


Mintwood & 39th
my friend owns a church near here. this might be it


Ahlir

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Jun 27 2014 at 9:40pm #

aw Jon. you went and got it! I was hoping someone in the neighborhood would get it. Full points on reaction time, though.

Here’s a maybe-a-bit-precious article that’s kind-of about the music:

http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/features/because-its-hip-to-be-squares/

All kidding aside this stuff is so totally fun. Check it out.
We’re planning to show up. Hope you can make it too.

Caveat: bike parking may be a bit of a challenge, though there’s a couple of stairs with metal pipe banisters on the building.


Ahlir

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Jun 27 2014 at 10:15pm #

Whoa. This is serious creepy.
Google Now is telling me about the next bus to St. Mark AME, the one in Wilkinsburg. Help.

[No, I really do need to be using compters in my life...]


jonawebb

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Jun 28 2014 at 5:23pm #

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future


RustyRed

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Jun 29 2014 at 1:54pm #

Group tag with Marko and Yale!


RustyRed

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Jun 29 2014 at 8:35pm #

New Tag:

A Little Free Library has sprung up in this neighborhood named after a British city.


Ahlir

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Jul 1 2014 at 6:35pm #


Manhattan and Hamlin, in Manchester.
loc: 40.452691, -80.025820

The sidewalk on Manhattan is concrete; most of the other sidewalks in that neighborhood seem to be brick. And, I got lucky (found it around the first corner).


Ahlir

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Jul 2 2014 at 8:07am #


Berlioz


Ahlir

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Jul 3 2014 at 5:39pm #

A bit soon, but it is a holiday…

Sorry you didn’t fancy Hector.

He does have friends.
The closest are Verdi and Donizetti.

1917


Pierce

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Jul 3 2014 at 5:41pm #

Kudos to Jon for that clue


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 4 2014 at 7:09am #

The point of this game is to get out and ride, and ride I did, taking a very odd way home on Wednesday trying to find this. I didn’t. This isn’t whining, this is celebratory! I’m just hoping I can figure this out in the next day or two before I go on a vacation from the bike for a few days (pet sitting, so have to stay close to home, no hours-long excursions).


paulheckbert

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Jul 4 2014 at 9:51am #

Nice photo, Ahlir.

Flagpole between Carnegie Music Hall and Dippy.


Marko82

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Jul 4 2014 at 12:50pm #

You know I thought that was the Carnegie music hall even without the clue, but after looking around yesterday with Yale I thought I was wrong. *hidden* in plain sight I guess.


Ahlir

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Jul 4 2014 at 1:10pm #

Here’s a description:

Four relief medallions representing the four disciplines of the Institute: Primitive Drawing, Primitive Construction, Primitive Music and Primitive Language. Primitive Language shows a figure communicating with his/her young. Primitive Drawing features a kneeling native american in profile next to a rock carved with a bison and two antelope. Primitive Music is illustrated with a seated female in profile playing a drum. A small child stands behind her holding several arrows. Primitive Construction is depicted with a bearded male in profile holding a triangle in his proper left hand an a compass in this proper right hand. In the foreground are two designs produced using the drawing instruments

http://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!siartinventories&uri=full=3100001~!26834~!0#focus


Ahlir

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Jul 4 2014 at 1:16pm #

And, just because I ran across it, a letter concerning the frieze:

My Dear Mr. Frew:

I cannot approve of the list of names published in the Dispatch of the 10th instant as those selected for the decorations. Some of the names have no business to be on the list. Imagine Dickens in and Burns out. Among painters, Perugini out and Rubens in, the latter only a painter of fat vulgar women, while a study of the pictures of Raphael will show any one that he was really only a copyist of Perugini, whose pupil he was. Imagine Science and Franklin not there. The list for Music seems satisfactory. Palestrina rightly comes first. Have been entranced by his works, which we have heard in Rome. As I am to be in Pittsburgh very soon, I hope you will postpone action in regard to the names.

Yours very truly,
Andrew Carnegie


paulheckbert

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Jul 4 2014 at 1:28pm #

It would be cool if the Carnegie Music Hall would carve HENDRIX right next to BRAHMS and BERLIOZ.

new tag


Ahlir

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Jul 4 2014 at 3:47pm #


Wilkinsburg.
loc: 40.437216, -79.884572


Ahlir

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Jul 5 2014 at 4:31pm #

The prospect of a nice long ride on a beautiful day eventually took me up this way. I had expected wide vistas but that prospect did not materialize. Instead I found this one:


jonawebb

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Jul 6 2014 at 12:36pm #

Prospect middle school


jonawebb

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Jul 7 2014 at 8:30am #

I went down to St. James Infirmary,
Saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long white table,
So sweet, so cold, so bare.


paulheckbert

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Jul 9 2014 at 11:18am #

that hint didn’t narrow it down much, for me!


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 9 2014 at 11:39am #

I’ve been out twice looking for this. Nothing so far, and not much to go on.


jonawebb

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Jul 9 2014 at 11:39am #

I wonder if this will help


paulheckbert

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Jul 9 2014 at 12:09pm #

Thank you. I had forgotten how nauseating that song is.

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