Pittsburghers celebrate city’s name with ‘H Day’
It’s just one little letter, but it makes all the difference.
We might not think much about the “h” on the end of Pittsburgh now, but back in the late 1800s and early 1900s it was removed by the federal government in an effort to unify cities across the country that end in “burg.”
However, Pittsburghers were not interested in losing the defining “h” at the end of their city’s name.
The city officials fought back for two decades to have the “h” restored.
On July 19, 1911 — now known as “H” Day — the letter was added back.
City officials took to social media to celebrate the day and give residents a brief history.
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
— Office of the Mayor (@TheNextPGH) July 19, 2018
— Pennsylvania (@PennsylvaniaGov) July 19, 2018
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) July 19, 2018
Happy ‘H’ day to Pittsburgh! In 1890 the federal government dropped the ‘H’ in all towns that had one, including Pittsburgh. But on July 19, 1911 we won our H back without firing a shot. #shouldbeaholiday
— Jack Riley (@K_Jack_Riley) July 19, 2018
— Pittsburgh City Archives (@PghArchives) July 19, 2018
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @emilybalser.