Pittsburgh, to my knowledge, is the only city in America with that random “h” at the end of the name. But so that “h” remains. When I lived in Ohio, I hastily corrected my friend on Twitter who misspelled Pittsburgh as Pittsburg. That looks weird to me.
According to the book I am reading called Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania, in 1891 President Benjamin Harrison approved a report to drop the “h” in all burghs across the country. But Pittsburgh (surprise surprise) continued using that “h” until it came back. And so here it stays.
Why are we as a city so obsessed with that h?
I found an article online that claims Pittsburgh is “the most misspelled city in America.” I can believe it. There are other Pittsburgs: in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. And none of them have the unnecessary “h” at the end. EXCEPT for Pittsburgh, North Dakota!
But that still doesn’t answer my question. What in Pittsburgh people’s minds made them think their city deserved the “h” even though the President tried to take it away? Was it tradition? The way things have always been done?
What do you think about the h? If you’re not from Pittsburgh, what’s your opinion? I’m interested to know…