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A Guidebook to the Secrets of Pittsburgh

This online guidebook to the many “secret” sites of the city of Pittsburgh, PA (USA) is generated by the undergraduate students of the University of Pittsburgh’s “Secret Pittsburgh” literature course. This course is inspired by the series of Secret Guides published by Jonglez Press. Each semester there will be more sites added to this online guide to reflect the experiences and work of the most recent participants in the course. For more information about the course, this project, and the copyright of our websites’ content, please visit our About page (available at the top menu).

If you’re in the mood to browse, you may prefer scrolling through the various sites in our Site Index (available on the menu at the top of the page).

If you’re searching for something specific, you can selecting a neighborhood category on the left menu (bottom of the page if you’re viewing on a mobile device), or choose site-specific attribute tags listed in the word-cloud at the bottom of the page. (The larger the tag, the more sites fit that element.)

As part of an ongoing project, the guidebook entries are a bit unique. Each site’s entry is composed of two parts:

  1. At the top of each site entry you will find information typical of a guidebook, including hours of operation, address, and accessibility. The general information is followed by a brief description about the interesting elements of the site, which will help you decide if it’s a secret you’d like to see for yourself.
  2. Beneath the traditional guidebook portion are individual student narratives. These stories focus on student-selected details of the sites (e.g. the history of Steel-Mill safety protocols, the evolution of graffiti art-collaborations, the community use of a cemetery) that will appeal to readers particularly interested in that site.

For information about other projects and forms the Secret Pittsburgh class has generated, see our Related Projects page (on the top menu). If you’re interested in the readings of Secret Pittsburgh, check out our Bookshelf (top menu), which has bibliographic information and short, honest, blurbs about each short story, novel, historical piece, film, or critical work.

We hope that you find this guide engaging and useful–and that you occasionally come back to see what’s new.

Course Logo, designed by the first Secret Pittsburgh class


All site content is considered Institutional Work under the University of Pittsburgh Copyright Policy 11-02-02 and is owned by the University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, which may further license or assign the content to third parties.



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