Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photo of the Day: The Point of It All

This 100-foot fountain, which I snapped several weeks ago, gives you an idea why the Web site for a CBS local station listed Point State Park (from which I took the picture) among the “Best Spots for a Picnic in Pittsburgh.” (You'll also see, from the heights in the background, why the city is so hilly.) The “point” (or, as the locals refer to it, “The Point” with a capital “P”) is actually the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.

Years ago, that natural intersection marked Pittsburgh as a potential center for industry. Today, it’s made the former "Smoky City" something that residents (and tourists such as myself) can enjoy with lawns, park benches, trail systems, bike access, outdoor concerts and—yes—picnics.

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