Arts + Culture,
Market Square,

The Roots of Pittsburgh

Aug 20, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Market Square Clock
431 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

What makes Pittsburgh, well, Pittsburgh? Explore our city up close and personal with tour guide, Alan Irvine. Walk through the streets of Downtown and discover some of the history, events, and people that shaped Pittsburgh. Learn about the Great Fire of 1845, Mr. Frick’s Revenge, the Wall Street of Pittsburgh, and our first great victory over Cleveland!

Alan reveals the answers to ongoing mysteries like why Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street actually meet and why the Allegheny Courthouse lions lounge so high up in the air. Explore magnificent buildings, uncover quirky public art, discuss the best places to eat, and find answers to some of Pittsburgh’s intrigues.


Alan Irvine is an acclaimed storyteller and tour guide. He has been telling stories of Pittsburgh history for over 30 years.

Lonely Planet guidebooks gave Alan’s tours their Top Choice ranking in 2012. He has also recorded two CDs of stories regarding area history, and has many award-winning CDs of other types of stories.

When not telling stories about Pittsburgh, he teaches courses in Pittsburgh history for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Pittsburgh. He also teaches Sociology at Robert Morris University.

TOUR STARTS/ENDS: Market Square Clock, 431 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This is a walking tour: 1-2 miles of walking
Photography is allowed

This tour is brought to you in part by The Fine Foundation, Koppers, and Dollar Bank.

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