PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A sculpture from Pittsburgh’s past, depicting 18th century guides Christopher Gist and Seneca Chief Guyasuta, was revealed Thursday to a crowd of dignitaries and historians on the North Shore. It once adorned the Manchester Bridge, which connected the Point to the North Shore from 1915 until it was demolished in 1970
“It was covered with iron, steel and bronze ornamentation,” said Arthur Ziegler, president of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks. “Fortunately, we were able to recover most of it.”
He says the iron artworks had been stored at various locations over the years, including the home of the Steelers.
“We wound up storing them over here at Heinz Field for a number of years, till we figured out a good place for the statues to be erected,” added Steelers president Art Rooney II.
The Steelers donated a million dollars to restore and replace the 13 by 37 foot sculpture near Stage AE, overlooking the three rivers.
Heinz History Center president Andy Masich added a final touch of history.
“That seal behind me was adopted in 1816. And it pays tribute to William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham.”
The Englishman never made it to the city that bears his name. But his image lives on.