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Rachel Carson: Pittsburgh Connection

picture of the Rachel Carson bridge        photo Sage Ross; CC BY-SA 2.0


Rachel Carson was born just outside Pittsburgh, at a time when pollution overpowered the area. Many local spots celebrate her legacy and impact, including:

Rachel Carson Bridge - see how this bridge that spans the Allegheny River became a piece of art here

Rachel Carson Homestead - Rachel Carson's childhood home in Springdale, PA is on the National Register of Historic Places

Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham - Rachel Carson was an alum of Chatham; the school has an institute in her honor

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge - The Rachel Carson Trail is in Allegheny County. It hosts a yearly one-day 34-mile hiking challenge

And beyond...

Silent Spring Institute - this institute researches links between chemicals in the environment and breast cancer. It is named in honor of Carson's book

Rachel Carson House - the home where Carson wrote Silent Spring is a National Historic Landmark Site