Point State Park

Point State Park (locally known as The Point) is a Pennsylvania state park on 36 acres (150,000 m2) in Downtown Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio River.

Point State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Point State Park in Fall
Location of Point State Park in Pennsylvania
LocationPittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates40°26′30″N 80°00′43″W
Area36 acres (15 ha)
Elevation718 ft (219 m)[1]
EstablishedAugust 1974
Named forthe point of confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers forming the Ohio River
Governing bodyPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
WebsitePoint State Park
Forks of the Ohio
NRHP reference No.66000643[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966
Designated NHLOctober 9, 1960[3]

Built on land acquired via eminent domain from industrial enterprises in the 1950s, the park opened in August 1974[4] when construction was completed on its iconic fountain. Pittsburgh settled on the current design after rejecting an alternative plan for a Point Park Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The park also includes the outlines and remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. The Fort Pitt Museum, housed in the Monongahela Bastion of Fort Pitt, commemorates the French and Indian War (1754–63), in which the area soon to become Pittsburgh was a major battlefield. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 for its role in the strategic struggles between Native Americans, French colonists, and British colonists, for control of the Ohio River watershed.[5]

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