A Tale Of Two Forts
When digging around in military history, you discover that different armies used the same ground for often the same purpose. After all, a strategic advantage is a strategic advantage, doesn't matter whose flag they are flying.
It came as no surprise to me then that two major forts in Pittsburgh's history were only yards away from each other. Located on the river banks, one will find the remains of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. If you didn't know, the area of Pittsburgh first belonged to the Native Americans then to the French and then the English. Battles of the French-Indian War were fought just south of Pittsburgh and is where George Washington learned his first military lessons in the field.
Little remains of the either fort. There is one original building (above) left to Fort Pitt. However, there is a nice museum dedicated to it where the fort stood. I haven't had a chance to go inside for a tour yet but it seems from first appearances it would be worth the ticket price.
Fort Duquesne is honored in a rather unique way. There is a walking path that traces the outline of the fort. Then there is a giant marker, planted in the ground, that has the design of the fort and its layout so you can see how it was utilized. And when you stand there, looking out onto the river, you see the commanding nature the forts must have possessed.
The river walk area of Pittsburgh is well kept up and a pleasant place to spend time or take the family. It offers history, a vantage point to view the city, and room to linger if you so desire. If you visit the city, make sure you take time to take a stroll through this area.