Pittsburgh: Capital of Appalachia
But one thing often forgotten in the great history of Pittsburgh is its relationship to the surrounding countryside. And I don't just mean western Pennsylvania. Like other major industrial cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh's rapid industrialization in the late 19th century fundamentally transformed the landscape of both the city and the large hinterlands that provided resources to it. And in the case of Pittsburgh that hinterland is Appalachia. Yes, Pittsburgh really is and has always been the capital of Appalachia. Not Knoxville. Not Roanoke. Pittsburgh.
—ELROD, Sept. 23, 2009,