I was led to a fascinating Facebook page on the unusual history of Pittsburgh. Many thanks to Pat Dunsey for finding this site.
One video shows a parade of steamboats on the Ohio celebrating the opening of the nine foot channel between Pittsburgh and Cairo. Mrs Howard of Howard Shipbuilding Co strikes a bell aboard the str Cincinnati to officially open the waterway.
The video was filmed on 18 Oct 1929 just eleven days before Black Tuesday, 29 Oct 1929 when the stock market crashed to begin the Great Depression.
The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh is definitely time well spent.
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