Unique Streets: 4
Miles Walked: .65
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): N Negley, Callowhill, Elgin, King, Cordova, Mellon Terrace
Today was the day of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Pittsburgh. Everyone is dressed in green and many spend their time in various bars drinking green beer. Green beer is for people who don’t understand that beer was fun already. (H/T to Mike Pound for posting this quote every March.) Due to this large celebration, we stayed the heck away from downtown.
I wanted to walk in Morningside with my family so we headed up the Allegheny River. Lunch was the first matter of business so we stopped at Lock & Dam Dog Shop at 7331 Butler Street. The Hot Dog Shop overlooks the Allegheny River in a tiny building that used to be a gas station. Their menu offers hot dogs (surprise, I know), hamburgers, fries, hoagies, ice cream, milkshakes, and more.
I got the Grunge burger that was loaded with cream cheese, caramelized onions, and jalapeños. My husband and Mother-in-law got chili cheese dogs and the kids split a cheeseburger and fries.
After a gut-busting lunch, the family decided against the hills of Morningside so I mentioned the King Estate in Highland Park. Up we headed in the car. We parked on N. Negley right across from the sprawling mansion that is also known as Baywood. The house was built in 1880 by Alexander King who ran a lucrative glass business in the 1800s. The land and house were deeded to the City of Pittsburgh but is now again a private residence that is frequently featured in the Highland Park House Tour.
I looked at Google Maps and saw some trails in the woods between the house and the Highland Park Reservoir No. 2 (which is currently empty.) As we walked down King Street the kids were engaged in a game of tag that looked more like a shoving match. Into the woods we went.
There was definitely a path but a few times we had trouble seeing where it went. We walked by a natural spring…
…and found fallen pieces of the stone folly that was built by Robert King in 1898.
Across the valley in the woods we could see an aging wooden track that looked like it could have been the Jack Rabbit or Racer.
We made our way over to that side of the fence and realized that this used to be a part of the Pittsburgh Zoo. We could see some animal enclosures that are no longer in use, unless the animals have escaped.
I took a look at the 1967 Hopkins Maps and you can see what may have been the old zoo train tracks.
We played on an old stone wall and then headed over to see the filled reservoir.