For about 20 years, Pittsburgh didn’t have its h. So today’s Follow Friday is in honor of one of my favorite Twitter accounts: @OddPittsburgh.
John Schalcosky created the account and its sibling Facebook group. If there is something all Pittsburghers love, it’s the history of our great region. And through these social accounts, John shares things we probably didn’t know about Pittsburgh.
His knowledge has been featured in a number of local news outlets and is often invited to speak about Pittsburgh history at events.
On KDKA Radio (which, itself, has a storied history), John explained that “while there are many, many burgs out there, are not many burgs with an ‘h.’” He told the radio station that the United States Board on Geographic Names made their claim to drop the “h” by noting that the city’s 1816 charter spelled the city without the letter.
But, as John notes, the board was reading a copy of the charter — the original version had an “h.”