Smithsonian

An Ode to the New City

Here PITT, compassed by hills and streams around,
Compactly built within its narrow bound,
Stands gloomily magnificent in mantling smoke,
The western workshop, where useful arts convoke;
Here chiming hammer and loud puffing steam,
The rattling dray and the thundering team;
A bustling crowd with hurried pace,
And oft brown industry’s sooty face,
Are seen and heard throughout the busy place.

Zadoc Cramer, Pittsburgh Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1810