Oakmont Camping, circa 1910

Photo: Oakmont Carnegie Library Archives/​Oakmont Historical Society; originally from the collection of Mrs. Chester P. Gallagher, Rosslyn Farms, Carnegie, Pa. Oakmont Camping, circa 1910
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For Pittsburghers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Oakmont offered the next best thing to paradise.

During the summer months, while the city baked in heat and soot, visitors set up camp on the banks of the Allegheny River, relaxing in the fresh air and making merry on the water. Oakmont boasted a devil-​may-​care atmosphere; extra police were hired to keep order and the Hulton Course — stretching from the Hulton Bridge (visible above) to Verona — hosted professional canoe racing events that delighted spectators and gamblers alike. But canoeing wasn’t just for the pros: boat houses offered craft for rent all summer long.

Jennifer McNulty

Pittsburgh Quarterly’s creative director from 2008 through 2017, Jennifer came to Pittsburgh from another steel town — Bethlehem, Pa. She attended Carnegie Mellon University for graphic design, fell in love with the city, graduated and stayed. She also performs across the country, singing and traveling with the Pittsburgh-​based Boilermaker Jazz Band. Jennifer lives in Deutschtown on the North Side with her husband and daughter.

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