Pittsburgh Tag-O-Rama!

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Marko82
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<grumble, grumble>, <scratch>


Nate
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I just spent way too much time obsessing on finding this. It took me a long while to get the gist of it.


salty
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Did we break the board? It says there is a repy from nate but I can’t see it.

I almost went to get this “on my way home” but I figured it was really on a lot of peoples ways home and I’d get Bruced…


Lyle
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I don’t know what salty was complaining about, this thread works. I took the bus again today, though. Maybe tomorrow.


Swalfoort
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Are you kidding me? I JUST rode past this yesterday and mentally mapped it to be my next tag. I’ll see if I can pick it up this afternoon, if still there.


stefb
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i am off today. i can’t figure out where this is. sounds like it is on a commuter route if this many people know where it is…

is the man in the painting in bill and ted?


Steven
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He’s a local guy. He’s known for bringing food to a regular gathering in the area (now ended).

I don’t want to give the whole thing away, but if you’re Reading this series of posts, you can find more than one hint on the street name.


Swalfoort
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Gist Street, just a stones throw from the former residence of Joe F.

Gist Street, Hill District

Actually, technically in a small alley just feet from Gist Street. About half a block south of Forbes.


Swalfoort
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New tag:

I couldn’t resist this tag. I don’t remember it being used before, but if it is a duplicate, I apologize.

Flying Colors


salty
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Ha… I almost skipped out of work to go get this, and I think I would have gotten Bruced.

It’s actually on Tustin St, n’est-cs pas? (cue chucking and/or audible groan)

I have no idea where the new one is…


Swalfoort
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@salty – while I was getting a potential (but unused) tag nearby, I saw a cyclist on this block. He seemed to shake his fist at me, as if he had bruced me. I was just hoping that he did not have remote upload capabilities, or I would have been bruced.


Marko82
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I was clueless until Swalfoort posted, but I found some interesting history on the google thing:

In 1808 James Tustin acquired by purchase the property where he established his homestead then in Pitt township This property was bounded by what is now Fifth avenue Soho street and Wyandotte lane north of Fifth avenue There was also a manor lot of many acres south of Fifth avenue and extending along the Monongahela river from Lock No 1 to Brady street In Tustin street near the center of this plot James Tustin’s name has been commemorated while the whole district of Soho the name given by him is still retained in Pittsburgh nomenclature The Tustin home was built of stone and stood on the north side of Fifth avenue opposite Seneca street and was one of the finest mansions in Pittsburgh in its day and stood until 1903. “History of Pittsburgh and environs, Volume 1 By American Historical Company”


salty
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I really had no idea at first but on a hunch I searched for parking area “P” and found out it’s tiny:

http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pghparkingauthority/maps/rppp_maps/RPP_P_with_Numbers.pdf

so, it was easy to search via street view.


Steven
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The recently-ended Gist Street Reading Series was in the building just across Tustin Street from the one with the renaissance painting, in the home/studio of sculptor James Simon. The painting “Portrait of Antoine”, of local Gist Street resident Antoine Lynn, is by John Fleenor.

James Simon and John Fleenor have produced quite a few artworks for Gist Street. I took some photos, and James Simon has a web site with more.

Simon also made the three tall musicians on Liberty Avenue downtown, and a Bloomfield memorial to the three police officers killed in Stanton Heights two years ago, which was just dedicated on Monday.


Swalfoort
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The frog sculpture was the tag I was taking when I thought I was being bruced for the Gist/Tustin tag. I love the tall musicians!


Pseudacris
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oooh, I do know where the new one is.

I didn’t recognize the last one despite having been to several of the Gist St Readings (R.I.P.).


Lyle
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Salty, that’s how I found it, too.

I’m pretty sure I know the new tag, unless there’s another sculpture just like it somewhere else. Maybe I’ll get it tomorrow, but not today.


Charles
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5th and Gist St.

I never knew this sculpture was wood. Also it is really falling apart.


Charles
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New Tag:

The stairs in this picture are labeled as a road on google maps. Off of one of the center streets in Pittsburgh.


Jason
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How about a historical clue as to what church that is or maybe hint on the street name? I might have some time in the morning to try and get this.


Jason
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Doh, just realized there is a clue in there.


Jason
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Found it, going in the AM…


Jason
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Tag:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


Pseudacris
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Anything interesting in that trench? Is it a slough? I love the view of the church.


Jason
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I forgot to say where the tag was, centre ave and watt St. I have never been on that part of center and it is actually a nice ride.

I did not notice anything in the trench other than a tire.


Charles
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It looked like the remnants of some sort of water retention system.


Jason
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New tag:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Here is a little bit that was on the side:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

According to my computer it was about a 10 mile ride to this tag. I think this is just off the edge of the bike pgh map by a few hundred yards.


Marko82
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This is a horrible tag, in a rocky kind of way. (cross thread reference;-))


caitlin
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these tags have been really good lately!


Jason
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That sign is pretty cool at night all lit up.

It is a beautiful day out there for a ride. I am glad I got one in this morning. That is the most I have ridden in over a month.


Mary
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I’m very interested to learn where this is. As far as I know, there are two streets in PIttsburgh named for members of this fine expedition: Celeron Street in Park Place (different spelling from what’s pictured above) and Joncaire Street in Oakland.

Neither one is the tag.


stefb
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Ah when I lived in larryville and wanted a mostly flat ride, I would ride out there…unless there is a lighted sign somewhere else along That river also. Maybe I can get this after work.


Lyle
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Dang, I can’t go that far today.


Swalfoort
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These light up? I never knew that! The ones in my neck of the woods don’t. That must be SO COOL to see! Although the non-illuminated versions seem so much more authenticly historic.


Marko82
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18 miles from home. ARB in Verona


Nate
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OK, so Jason now has tagged down the north-eastern corner of the map. At the moment I still have the farthest points on other three corners.

Here’s a link to the google map: http://tinyurl.com/3sehl3c

btw, I think the blue lines on the google map are well inside the borders of the paper map.


Marko82
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New tag: Find the previous Verona tag on the BP map. Flip the map over and look on the bottom edge. Strange that there are no brooks lining any of the streets…

It was a long day, I think I’m ready for a malt beverage.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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@swalfoort-there was a story in the PG about those markers – apparently there were four “boulevards” that were part of a master plan (I can only think of ORB and ARB). But they were built around the same time (I want to say 1920’s or ’30’s?), and to similar design specifications. Each originally had this same type illuminated marker on it. So, apparently the illumination feature IS original.


Swalfoort
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I googled it. “Directional pylons” is the key search term. Yep. Four boulevards: ARB, ORB, Saw Mill Run and Mosside Boulevard. Mosside were never constructed. Saw Mill Run were lost to a) accident and b)construction. I went to get a photo of the ones on ORB, a few blocks from home and discovered that they are now GONE. Victims, it seems, of the Lowries Run Bridge reconstruction. I wonder if they are coming back?


buzz1980
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Marko, plenty of malt beverages available at the drive-thru place right across the street from your tag

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