Posts tagged Fort Duquesne.

Detail of Stobo’s 1754 sketch of Fort Duquesne (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: July 28, 1754

The Scotsman Robert Stobo, a friend of Governor Dinwiddie, was one of two hostages taken to Fort Duquesne after the battle at Fort Necessity. During his imprisonment he sent out letters and a sketch of the fort to the English. [Historic Pittsburgh

Map of Fort Duquesne, 1755 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: May 24, 1755 

The French commandant announced that Fort Duquesne was completed. [Historic Pittsburgh]

Fort Duquesne Bridge, Pittsburgh, 1964 

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 12, 1964 

A 21-year-old Pitt chemistry major drives a 1959 Chrysler station wagon off the end of the unfinished Ft. Duquesne Bridge and lands unhurt, making world news, comedy shows and D.J. Rege Cordic[Wikipedia]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 23, 1753

Maj. George Washington, 21, emissary from Virginia’s Governor Robert Dinwiddie to the French commandant at Fort LeBoeuf on French Creek (now Waterford, Pa.), observed the land at the junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers (where Pittsburgh is today) and described it as “extremely well situated for a Fort; as it has the absolute Command of both Rivers. The Land at the Point is 20 or 25 Feet above the common Surface of the Water; and a considerable Bottom of flat, well timbered Land all around it very convenient for Building.” [Historic Pittsburgh

Map of Fort Duquesne, 1755 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: May 24, 1755 

The French commandant announced that Fort Duquesne was completed. [Historic Pittsburgh]