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- Taken by
- Sarah Devine
- Explore score
- 0.19 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Apr 02, 2010
- Date taken
- Apr 02, 2010
Pittsburgh’s bridges add drama to the already beautiful city that is bordered by three rivers; the Monongahela, the Ohio, and the Allegheny. Tenth Street bridge is one of 446 bridges in Pittsburgh.
Tenth Street Bridge was renamed the Philip Murray Bridge in 2007. Murray was the first president of the Pittsburgh based United Steelworkers of America Union
Tenth Street Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans over the Monongahela River. It was completed in 1933. It is made of steel with stone piers, and it spans 725 feet. There is an urban legend that says the bridge was a model for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which was completed just a few years after Tenth Street Bridge.
Tenth Street Bridge connects the neighborhood of South Side to downtown. The Armstrong Tunnel also sits at the end of the bridge, which connects to Forbes Avenue. Located beside the Armstrong tunnel are the Duquesne Steps rise the bluff Duquesne University. Many Duquesne students use these steps frequently to get to South Side for the entertainment, and many students reside in South Side, also.
The South Side is known for its nightlife, and has a seemingly countless number of bars along East Carson Street, the main drag through South Side.
At the top of the bridge on the south end, an artist painted black animals that resemble geese, or dinosaurs. The images are about 6 feet tall.
A notorious graffiti artist well known in the city of Pittsburgh is “Mook” is reported to be the artist. Mook was arrested in 2001 for vandalism. After the city started programs to clean up vandalism, “Mook” started tagging hard to reach places, like the top of the Tenth street Bridge.
Tenth Street Bridge is just one of these 446 bridges in Pittsburgh. I walk over Tenth Street Bridge daily as a commuter to Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh. I can tell you that there isn’t a day that goes by where I do not appreciate what a great structure the Tenth Street Bridge is, or feel a special kind of connection with it. And even though I’ve made the walk across more time than I can count, I always find a new piece of graffiti or nuance about the bridge I didn’t notice before. The view from Tenth Street at night is especially beautiful as the city reflects in the Monongahela River.
Pittsburgh is divided into many small neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own personality, and residents will always feel that their particular neighborhood is the best in Pittsburgh. I feel as though the bridges serve the same purpose, leading people to and from different parts of Pittsburgh with their own personalities, stories, and nicknames.