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Pittsburgh Trivia Cards
Test your knowledge with 102 multiple choice questions

Pittsburgh Trivia Cards Answer Sheet

Portable Pittsburgh Timeline
Work with your students to add photos and facts to this poster with 3 timelines: one for your family, one for your community, and one for your city.

The Story of Pittsburgh
A play for students, complete with a script and suggestions for building some of the city
Accompanying Map

Founding of Pittsburgh
View and download three fact sheets with information and photos on William Pitt, the City Seal, and the naming of Pittsburgh.

Map of Pittsburgh's 3 Rivers and Eastern US

Downtown Pittsburgh Bingo Worksheet
Downtown Pittsburgh Bingo Answers

Geometry on Firstside
Find 18 geometry terms in a photo of downtown Pittsburgh

Math Facts (Multiple worksheets)
Story problems, graphing, and measuring based on facts about 10 downtown landmarks

Historic Preservation Word Search
Find 21 words in this puzzle

Station Square Scavenger Hunt
Packed with information on the former P&LE Railroad

Station Square Scavenger Hunt Answer Sheet

Historic Photographs
View and download 19 photos of Pittsburghers from around 1860 to 1992
(Images download in a zip file. Unzip and you will be able to access the higher resolution photos.)

Urban Survival
A concise Pittsburgh summary, timeline, and description about the Planning Process

Downtown Dragons Vocabulary
Click here for a list of all the vocabulary words defined on this website

Downtown Walking Tours
Grant Street and Mellon Square
Penn-Liberty Cultural District
Fourth Avenue and PPG Place
Fifth & Forbes and Market Square
Allegheny River Bridges & More

8 Downtown Walking Tour Fact & Photo Detail Sheets

Related Websites

City of Pittsburgh's City Legacies
Frick Art & Historical Center
Fort Pitt Museum
Google Maps
Historic Pittsburgh Website
Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tours
Search the Library of Congress for other historic Pittsburgh images
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
Spotlight on Main Street (South Side)

Downtown Dragons Walking Tour Information

Booking a Tour

Contact Karen Cahall
Phone: 412-471-5808, ext. 537

Book six months in advance for best choice of dates.
On any one day, we can handle about 60 students at most. Therefore, if your group includes more than 60 people, schedule TWO walking tour dates: one day for the first half of your group and one day for the second half.

Tour objective

To introduce children (and adults) to Pittsburgh, during a two-hour walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh so they understand that Pittsburgh is a significant American city with a rich history full of historic places worth saving that give the city its unique character and identity.

Knowing more about the city builds pride and encourages people of all ages to become involved in making the city a better place and respecting its architectural heritage.

The Downtown Dragons tour builds on Social Studies units about Pittsburgh, promotes citizenship skills, and teaches life skills.

Connections to Academic Standards

2006 Teacher/Chaperone Evaluation Form
Read the comments of 36 adults

Student Thank You Notes
See what 10 students said and drew

Night of the Gargoyles, by Eve Bunting
Click here to see a book that you can borrow from Landmarks.

Tour Details

Appropriate for: Students in grades 3 through 8 (although college students and adults enjoy the tour too).

Walking tour time: 2 hours approximately. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday and usually begin between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the group's preference.

Meeting and ending location: Station Square (near the Smithfield Street Bridge entrance to the Shops).

Group size: 10 to 15 students per group.

Chaperones required: 1 adult per every 5 students. Chaperones are free.

Tour fee: $4.00 per student. NOTE: If your school or group is a member of Landmarks, then the fee is $2.00 per person. It is worth joining Landmarks!

IN ADDITION: EACH participant (student AND adult) must bring exact change to pay for the T ride from downtown Pittsburgh back to Station Square. The fee is 75 cents per child age 6 to 11 and $1.50 for anyone age 12 or older.


This website was created with funding support from the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. |