Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trails and Towns : Duquesne Incline

A while ago, when there was still snow on the ground, Adam and I went to Pittsburgh because I wanted to go dancing! Pittsburgh has a good blues community and lots of people I know were there. So we booked an Air BnB and went out for a weekend. Because I was with Adam and didn't want to subject him to sitting in Carnegie's student union all weekend, we did other Pittsburgh things, including the Duquesne Incline!

If you don't know, an incline is a way for pedestrians to get up a mountain, big ass hill, or other high elevation change within a city. It's not entirely because people are lazy so much as it's because the path would be too steep to walk down otherwise. So, you build a railroad track up the hill and put a railroad car on it that has a wedged base to keep it level to the ground while going up and down the hill. It's old-timey and gorgeous and fun and not something anyone really uses anymore. Most inclines are closed or tourist attractions that have been preserved. Inclines also have AMAZING views!!!

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