The Pittsburgh region has a rich heritage dating back to the 1700s, before the area was an industrial center. The three rivers have served as the backdrop to Native American settlements, Fort Pitt, the sendoff of Lewis and Clark’s exploration, and important developments in the coal, railroad, and steel industries.
In order to reflect the transformations our city has undergone over the decades, Friends of the Riverfront developed an Interpretive Sign system along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. These colorful signs, created by a team of graphic designers, writers, and archeologists, provide trail-goers with a range of interesting information about the area, highlighting notable historical events, areas of cultural significance, and facts about native wildlife. As you travel along the trails, keep an eye out to learn something you may not have known about that trail segment, and stay posted—as Friends expands our trails, we are hard at work developing new signs to reflect the unique past lives of each new segment.
Click the thumbnails below to view a larger version of each Interpretive Sign.