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Welcome to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A city of many names, Pittsburgh is known as the gateway to the West, America’s most livable city, and steel city, to name a few. Founded in 1758, it was named in honor of British statesman William Pitt. From its beginning as a frontier village to its current status as one of the nation's leading industrial cities, Pittsburgh’s legacy is a rich one.
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Coming away from Pittsburgh's Steel Plaza Station, we find ourselves at the Old Allegheny County Jail. Built in the late 1880s, it remains one of Pittsburgh's most well-known symbols, and one of the oldest buildings still standing in the city. Designed by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson, the building's Romanesque architecture draws in millions of visitors each year. Its large, granite blocks and wide entranceways even give the building a simple, dignified style all its own. Connected to its adjacent courthouse via the "Bridge of Sighs," it was modeled after a Venetian structure bearing the same name. Though the building was originally used as a correctional facility many years, it was replaced in the 1990s by a more modernized structure on Second Avenue. Currently housing the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas, the Old Allegheny County Jail was declared a historic landmark in the early 1970s. Today, a portion of one of its cell blocks functions as the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum. Photo "2008-05-24 Pittsburgh 017 Allegheny County Courthouse" by Allie_Caulfield is licensed under CC BY 2.0