Arts + Culture,

Roots in Pittsburgh

Apr 22, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown Pittsburgh

Explore the roots of our city up close and personal with tour guide, Alan Irvine. 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 who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Bowler 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.

Downtown Made Easy Guide

Downtown Shopping Guide

State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report

Downtown Map

© 2023 Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. All Rights Reserved. | Terms Of Use | Privacy Policy