Forgotten Tales Of Pittsburgh


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A 1907 lion attack at Luna Park, death by spontaneous combustion, Jack the Ripper’s rumored visit to the city, and an umpire who was rescued from an angry crowd by Pirates players are only a few of the rumored (and mostly true) strange bits of history outlined here by local Pittsburgh Historian Thomas White.

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Thomas White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University.  He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s History Department and an adjunct professor of History at La Roche College.

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