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24 Jul 13 at 12 pm

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Dec. 12, 1964: "The Bridge to Nowhere"

The Fort Duquesne Bridge now serves as a connection between Downtown and the North Side, spanning the Allegheny River. But that wasn’t always the case.

The bridge’s main span was finished in 1963. However, according to an article in The Pittsburgh Press, “red tape and governmental disagreement” kept it from being completed for several more years, earning it the nickname “The Bridge to Nowhere.”

"Police estimated the uncompleted bridge stands about 100 feet over the Allegheny River while the dropoff is about 90 feet from the shoreline — measured straight ahead."

To prevent people from driving across the bridge and plunging to their death, barricades were set up at the Downtown side of the bridge and at the end of the span.

But that didn’t stop a daredevil Pitt student from attempting a “flight” from the end of the bridge to the North Shore.

On December 12, 1964, Frederick Williams, 21, of Basking Ridge, N.J. — a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh — crashed through the barriers and raced across the span, his station wagon flying through space and landing upside down at the water’s edge.

Mr. Williams pulled himself from the wreckage, “shaken but unscathed.” He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was examined and released. According to the Pittsburgh Press article, he offered no explanation for his historic leap.

In the wake of the incident, the State Highways Department vowed to replace the broken barricades.

John S. Yard, assistant district engineer for the department, seemed dumbfounded. 

"We didn’t think it was possible to do anything like that," he said.

For more on the Fort Duquesne Bridge and to explore the history of other bridges along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, check out the Post-Gazette’s interactive, with videos and photos from our archives. 

Heather Schmelzlen 

(Photos: From the Heinz History Center, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development Collection) 

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zarry:

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26 Mar 13 at 10 pm

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Loafers.

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Loafers.

This is a picture of my feet.
Simpler times.
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rollingstone:

The filmmakers behind an Arrested Development documentary launched a KickStarter to raise the $20,000 needed to finish their movie.

lemme empty my bank account real quick
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21 Mar 13 at 9 pm

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Small apartment solutions on inhabit.com

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Small apartment solutions on inhabit.com

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Andy’s Rolls-Royce.

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Andy’s Rolls-Royce.
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21 Mar 13 at 9 pm

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The smallest English dictionary … 1x3/4”, Printed by David Bryce & Sons in Glasgow in 1890… Photo:: Phil Yeomans/BNPS

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The smallest English dictionary … 1x3/4”, Printed by David Bryce & Sons in Glasgow in 1890… Photo:: Phil Yeomans/BNPS

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It is obvious that the two offenders saw the victim as some one that could be treated as a thing. This is not about sex, it is about power and control. I guess that is what I am getting at. Sex was probably not the hardest thing for the two to get, so that wasn’t the objective. When you hear the jokes being made during the crime, it is the purest contempt.

So, how do you fix that? I’m just shooting rubber bands at the night sky but here are a few ideas: Put women’s studies in high school the curriculum from war heroes to politicians, writers, speakers, activists, revolutionaries and let young people understand that women have been kicking ass in high threat conditions for ages and they are worthy of respect.

Total sex ed in school. Learn how it all works. Learn what the definition of statutory rape is and that it is rape, that date rape is rape, that rape is rape. 

In the spirit of equal time, sites like Huffington Post should have sections for male anatomy hanging out instead of just the idiotic celebrity “side boob” and “nip slip” camera ops. I have no idea what that would be like to have a camera in my face at every turn, looking for “the” shot. I know what some of you are saying. “Then why do they wear clothes like that unless they want those photos taken?” I don’t know what to tell ya. Perhaps just don’t take the fuckin picture? Evolve? I don’t know.

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