Fort Pitt — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We arrived early for a Pirates game and parked by the stadium. We walked across the Allegheny River bridge to Point State Park and wandered around. There was some sort of festival going on, the nature of which we never determined. It was called the Three Rivers Art Festival and seemed to have a decidedly-ethnic slant.

This is the site of the British Fort Pitt. Actually it was the site of the French Fort Duquesne first (the fort Braddock was attempting to attack when he was killed). Later, when the British approached, the French destroyed their fort and retreated. The British then built Fort Pitt. The only military action here happened in 1763 during the Pontiac Insurrection when the British held off an Indian attack.

All that remains is a single blockhouse and some zig-zag ditches that were once part of the forts’ Music Bastion. The state maintains a small museum. But when my family found out admission was $3, they decided they’d rather find something to eat. I went in by myself and stayed about 45 minutes. The displays included a lot of dioramas and a model of Fort Pitt (above).

When I left the museum, it took me 20 minutes to find my family. They were sitting at the bottom of the Music Bastion eating vegetables dipped in cheese .

That’s also the Music Bastion in the foreground of the next photo.

The Point as seen from Three Rivers Stadium. In the left foreground is the Allegheny River. A sliver of the Monongahela River can be seen behind the fountain. The Ohio River takes up the right side of the photograph.

The Fort Pitt blockhouse

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