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The City of Pittsburgh (Harper's Magazine, December, 1880) - Page 66

Stephen C. Foster

in their tripartite nature to a big irregular Y. But no such simile would hold good in considering her appearance on a railway map. Given an evil-minded boy, a small round stone, and a plate-glass window, and the natural result would be a counterpart of such a map. The hole in the pane would, big or little, represent the City of Smoke, and each diverging crack would stand for a railway that is loading or unloading its traffic within her gates. At Union Dépôt—the building recently erected over the ashes left by the terrible railroad riots of three summers ago—the following lines come to a focus: the main line of the perfectly appointed Pennsylvania Central; the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago, leading westwardly to the city by the lake; the queerly named "Pan-Handle," or Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, leading across the "handle" of West Virginia, and so toward the setting sun and the
city of music festivals and of much pork; the Allegheny Valley, winding north along the beautiful river, and taking passengers "through by daylight" to Buffalo; the Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Charleston, young and growing southwardly up the Monongahela; the Southwest Pennsylvania at Greensburg, and leading southwardly toward the border of the State; the Cleveland and Pittsburgh, leading west through Northern Ohio to the Forrest City; and the Erie and Pittsburgh, leading north to Erie at the remote north-western corner of the commonwealth—eight busy roads that bring into and take out of Union Dépôt 144 passenger trains daily. At another dépôt is the terminus of the Pittsburgh division of the Baltimore and Ohio road, joining the main line at Cumberland, Maryland, by way of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny valleys. At the base of Mount Washington, or Coal Hill, three more dépôts are found. Chief among this trio is the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie, leading west along the south bank of the Ohio River, and into the State of that name, a "missing link" recently found, and none too soon, as its construction gave Pittsburgh independence.
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