Mount Oliver Incline, Circa 1895

photo: Pittsburgh Railways Company Records, 18721974, AIS.1974.29, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh Mount Oliver Incline, Circa 1895
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When the mount oliver inclined railway was built in 1872, it was Allegheny County’s second incline, and an average one-​way ride cost six cents.

Its cars traveled from 12th Street, South Side, to its eponymous height— from which this photo was taken — gaining 377 feet of elevation over 1,600 feet of track and depositing riders at Warrington Avenue. Designed by Prussian engineer John Endres and his daughter, Caroline, the structure was originally made of wood, but was later rebuilt in iron. By 1891, it was one of seven inclines on the Monongahela River. The Mount Oliver Incline’s last day of operation was July 7, 1951.

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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