9780822943662

An Uncommon Passage: Traveling Through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail

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  • ISBN13:

    9780822943662

  • ISBN10:

    0822943662

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
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Summary

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail forms a hiking and biking route stretching approximately 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, where it connects with the C&O Canal Towpath to reach Washington, DC. The trail is the culmination of many years of work by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, which joined seven separate trail organizations from Pennsylvania and Maryland to acquire and develop the land. Formerly an Indian path, trade route, military road, railway link, and part of the original National Road-the trail is truly a path to American history. An Uncommon Passageguides readers through the fascinating story of this trail, as a critical link in the western expansion of colonial America, and a pathway to the development of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The book explores the British outposts and forts, early settlers and frontier life, developing towns and cities, rise and predominance of industry, later environmentalism and preservation, natural resources, rivers, flora and geological features that comprise the trail and its environs. The engaging narrative is complemented by an extensive selection of historical illustrations and the contemporary photography of Paul g. Wiegman, all of which reveal the stunning scenery and pictorial history of the region.An Uncommon Passageoffers a journey through both time and space to capture the heritage and surroundings of a region that would grow to prosper and help build a nation.

Author Biography

Edward K. Muller is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Urban Studies Program. Muller is coauthor of Before Renaissance: Planning in Pittsburgh, 1889-1943, and editor or coeditor of several books, including DeVoto's West: History, Conservation, and the Public Good.

Paul g. Wiegman is a photographer, writer, and naturalist. Trained as a botanist, he has been active in conservation for thirty-five years. His photography has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, National Geographic, and Time-Life and Readers Digest books.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
An Uncommon Passage: An Introductionp. 1
The Living Passage: Flora, Fauna, and the Natural Environmentp. 21
"The Best Passage through the Mountains": Braddock's Road in the War for Empire, 1752-1758p. 75
Migration on the Passage: Western Settlement, 1763-1840p. 115
A Passage to Commerce: The Industrial Revolution, 1860-1920p. 155
The Spirit of the Passage: Where Past and Future Meetp. 201
The Great Allegheny Passage Trail: A Community Effortp. 245
Sourcesp. 275
List of Contributorsp. 279
Indexp. 281
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