Bear run, the stream that inspired Fallingwater, flows under the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house. In dramatic cascades, it drops in gradient 30 feet to provide the iconic waterfall view that we all know.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2011
On May 21, 1975, a small train rolled out of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station in Pittsburgh. At the head was a yellow, red and blue Chessie System locomotive, #6600 with asleeping kitten on the side. It was followed by a gleaming stainless steel Amtrak Silver Dome, #9401, and a vintage blue,…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Turning a dream into the nation’s greatest bike trail
It took a little doing — the blacksmith had to add a few links in the chains — but we’ve put obesity in the public stockade.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Obesity & The Great Allegheny Passage
It really was George Washington’s “grand idea” — the Potomac River was the true Gateway to the West. Joel Achenbach writes about it in The Grand Idea — connecting the tidewater of the Potomac to the headwaters of the Ohio would secure Virginia’s leadership among the new American states.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading A behind-​the-​scenes look at making a Pittsburgh 250th project happen
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