Where's the 'h' in Pittsburg Plunge

Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:00 PM
Anyone know why they left the 'h' off?
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:31 PM
Pittsburgh was originally spelled pittsburg with no "h" and that section of kennywood is "lost Pittsburg" back in the day
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:36 PM
"Pittsburg Plunge opened in 1995 as the anchor of the Lost Kennywood section of the park, a tribute to parks lost in the past. Pittsburg Plunge is the correct spelling, as in old times, Pittsburgh was spelled without the 'h' at the end."

Removed the link since it seems I cant link to Thrill Network which is where the above information came from. *** Edited 8/29/2005 2:31:27 AM UTC by eightdotthree***

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Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:27 PM
^ What they said! LOL!

Katie

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Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:58 PM
Actually, Pittsburgh was originally spelled with the "h". I believe it was after the War of 1812 that many towns and cites dropped the "h" in 'burgh , because it was too "British" I'm not positive when it was officially restored, but I think it was shortly after the turn of the Twentieth Century.
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:31 PM
skipper747 beat me to it, I was actually on my way out the door to Kennywood of all places and didn't get a chance to amend my post! Good times.
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:56 PM
http://www.clpgh.org/exhibit/apology1.html
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:00 PM
Thrill Network is a dirty word around here after the little email fiasco they started a while back ;).
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Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:02 PM
I stand corrected.............
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Monday, August 29, 2005 12:24 AM
To be technical, the spelling on the Pittsburg Plunge isn't a reference to a specific time, or a specific place.

All of the buildings in Lost Kennywood were modeled and designed after the architecture at other local, but now defunct, parks. The Pizza Pavilion was West View Park's carousel building. The gift shop building was the entrance building to one of the Ohio parks I believe.

The main entrance to Lost Kennywood is a reproduction of the grand entrance to Luna Park, which was in Pittsburgh's Oakland section. On that building, due to the time it was built, were the words "Pittsburg's Luna Park." This is directly recreated for Pittsburg's Lost Kennywood today.

The Pittsburg Plunge is spelled similarly for continuity, and not in reference to any other place or ride.

*** Edited 8/29/2005 4:26:46 AM UTC by kpjb***

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Monday, August 29, 2005 4:55 AM
Wow! Thanks for the link, Phantomtails. I am a HUGE history buff.

I love the stuff about the construction of the Pittsburgh roads and interstates. Actually I am trying to find out what kind of drugs they were on when they constructed the suburban and residential roads. ;-) (Sorry, Katie....LMAO).

-Tina

*** Edited 8/29/2005 8:58:13 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Monday, August 29, 2005 11:12 PM
coasterqueen, I agree.

I had to crack up when I was heading to Kennywood from 376 the other day and encountered that totally f***ed up intersection (in Swissvale I believe?)

The one with the right turn, the straight that kinda went to the right, straight that kinda went to the left, the sharp left and the almost U-turn left. I got in the sort of straight/left/U-turn lane. Luckily I chose the right one.

I'm willing to bet that's the ONLY sign of that kind that exists anywhere in the state... but then again, this is Pittsburgh. There's probably 50 more intersections with the exact same layout.

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Monday, August 29, 2005 11:19 PM
That intersection is such a pain, I live not so far away from there so I always deal with it on my way to the Waterfront and Kennywood. People actually drive into the exit ramp of Arbys so they can head back down towards 376.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:00 AM
^LMAO

The last time I visited the area was in early August coming back from Williams Grove. I had Mapquest directions from Williams Grove to Katie's apartment. I THOUGHT I was ok.

It told me to get off the last exit on the Turnpike, which I did and told me to get on route whatever (don't remember exactly) but once I got off the exit there was a totally different Rt.

Anyway, I didn't know where the F I was going so I looked at my map. I somehow ended up on Rt. 28 I think, ended up downtown, but managed to find 376 again. Once I got off the Homestead exit I got confused again with the "three exits take the second one" and ended up getting turned around and lost again. LOL!

The Homestead/Squirrel Hill area is nuts. LOL! Maybe next time I will finally get it right, er, right right.

DON'T TRUST MAPQUEST!

-Tina

*** Edited 8/30/2005 12:02:26 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:43 PM
Given the complexity of the roads around there, it's always a good idea to take your directions and cross-reference them on Google maps or similar (the satellite feature is great for locating landmarks) so that you can figure out exactly where you're going.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:48 PM
Or buy a navigational device. A car I rented one time had one of those. It was the first time I had used one. Pretty awesome!

This one was hilarious, would even talk back to you and get all upset if you made a wrong turn. It was right on the money though.

-Tina

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