PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — July 19, 1911 is a pretty memorable date for the city of Pittsburgh.
It’s the date that the letter “h” was added back into our city’s name.
Pittsburgh was named after William Pitt, a former prime minister of England who had Scottish roots.
When our city was named, it included the “h” to pay tribute to Pitt’s Scottish heritage.
But from 1891 to 1911 a federal commission decided that Pittsburgh should be spelled Pittsburg to unify cities across the country ending in “burg.”
Happy ”H” Day to…well, us! #OnThisDay in 1911 the ”H” was officially restored to the spelling of #Pittsburgh. Removed in 1891 in a federal attempt to unify ”burg’s”, we fought for two decades for its restoration. Today, we remain the only city in America to have our ”H”. pic.twitter.com/k3YfoIgq0u
— City of Pittsburgh (@CityPGH) July 19, 2018
Even today, the city’s name is commonly misspelled Pittsburg, because most cities and town in America use the German -burg suffix.
It took 20-years, but an effort by the mayor, city council and postmaster finally did the trick.
— Office of the Mayor (@TheNextPGH) July 19, 2018
On July 19, 1911, the government finally agreed and formally returned the “h” to Pittsburgh.