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Point State Park
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Pl.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   15222

Phone: 724-865-2131
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
Point State Park
'This is the Point State park under water'
© gary e sauer

This is Point State Park and the fountain is under water

Point State Park
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved


Point State Park is at the tip of Pittsburgh?s ?Golden Triangle.? It commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763).

By the early 1950s, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum. It has been reclaimed and is now one of the nation?s outstanding historical parks and tourist attractions. The park is a National Historic Landmark.
History of the Area
The Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. During the mid-1700s, the armies of France and Britain were attracted to this area, each vying for control of the Ohio Valley. The intensity of the conflict was evidenced by the construction of four different forts at the site, within a period of ten years.

In 1754, French forces captured an outpost at the Point that had been erected by a force of Virginians. George Washington was sent to recapture the fort for the Virginians, but suffered his first and only defeat at Fort Necessity, 50 miles to the southeast.

The French then built Fort Duquesne at the Forks, which gave them control of the Ohio Valley until 1758. The only threat to their control occurred in 1755 when General George Braddock was defeated at the Battle of the Monongahela, only eight miles from the fort.

In 1758, an army of 6,000 lead by General John Forbes, marched west from Carlisle. Forbes stopped at Fort Ligonier, 50 miles to the southeast and made final preparations for the assault on Fort Duquesne.

The French, realizing they were badly outnumbered, burned the fort and departed two days before the British arrived on November 25, 1758. Soon Fort Pitt was under construction on the same site and was to be the most extensive fortification by the British in the American Colonies.

The French were never to regain control as their other outposts fell to the British. The only further action at Fort Pitt was in 1763 when it withstood American Indian attacks during Pontiac?s Insurrection.

Fort Pitt was finally abandoned in 1792. It had served to open the frontier to settlement as Pittsburgh became the ?Gateway to the West.??
March 26
Bioswales: Making Storm Runoff a Resource
Last fall, with help from the Garden Club of Allegheny County, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Penn State Master Gardeners, the park had a bioswale installed.

Just what IS a bioswale? Come to the park on March 13 for a short program about what a bioswale is and how it functions.

Meet in front of the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park.

Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside the entire time. This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

For more information, contact the park office at 412-565-2850.

March 26
Fort Pitt Museum Speaker Series
The Fort Pitt Museum will host 3 programs about the ceremony of Indian captivity.

Admission to the speaker series is included in the price of regular museum admission.

The schedule for the day is:

11am to 12pm: Jeremy Turner, "Flesh of our Flesh, Bone of our Bone: A Native American perspective on Captivity and Adoption among Tribal communities"

12pm to 1pm: R. Scott Stephenson, "Halters and Cords: The Decorative Art of Securing Captives in the Eastern Woodlands"

2pm to 3pm: Voices of Captivity program

3pm to 3:30pm: Question and Answer session

For more information, please call the Fort Pitt Museum at 412-281-9284 or go to

April 9
Frontier Women''s Day - Girl Scout Badge Event
Calling all Daisies and Brownies! Step back in time at Frontier Womens Day! Learn about women of the 18th century and discover different lifestyles through popular games and activities. Make your own toys and accessories, tour the Fort Pitt Museum and Block House, and learn to live like a true pioneer. Take part in this day of old time fun while working on your Celebrating Community Badge and Playing the Past badge! All Girl Scouts will receive a Fort Pitt Museum patch.

Girl Grades: K-5 and families

Cost: $18

Registration deadline: March 26

Please register online by going to the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania''s website here:

April 17
Walk MS Pittsburgh
The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National MS Society is holding its annual Walk MS Pittsburgh at Point State Park again this year. There will be a 1 mile and a 5k route.

Registration starts at 8am, the walk begins at 9am.

For more information or to register to walk, go to:

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The 36-acre park can be reached from the east and west by I-376 and I-279, and from the north by PA 8 and from the south by PA 51.

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