As almost everyone knows, Pittsburgh celebrates its 250th birthday this week. On Nov. 27, 1758, Gen. John Forbes wrote a letter to William Pitt, announcing that he had just seized a small French outpost at the forks of the Ohio -- and that in tribute to Pitt, Forbes had named the new settlement "Pittsburgh."
What is less widely known, however, is that the inaugural edition of the city's first alternative newsweekly rolled off the presses on the very next Wednesday -- Nov. 29, 1758. In tribute to the city's 250 years, we've reproduced a facsimile edition of that issue here. It's fascinating to see how far we've come since then. (Future issues would add a sex-advice column, for example -- except that in those days, the title "Savage Love" was meant literally. The column was penned by a Lenape who sought to titillate the paper's vast Quaker readership, who pretended to be looking for the crossword puzzle.) It's equally interesting to see how little has changed, about the paper and the city it serves.
A note to history buffs: Should you spot anachronisms or similar errors, please don't bring them to our attention. A reckless disregard for the truth is one of our hoariest traditions.