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Recurring Event Event Series: The Fancy Smells of Herr’s Island

The Fancy Smells of Herr’s Island

Saturday, June 4 | 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Whether you call it Herr’s Island or Washington’s Landing, this bit of Pittsburgh just up the Allegheny River has a storied history.

For nearly a century, Herr’s Island was Pittsburgh’s largest livestock hotel and industrial center focused on processing animals arriving by rail in the City. After the animal-related industries closed, Pittsburgh rebranded the island and undertook an ambitious redevelopment project creating one of the City’s best hidden amenities that we now know as Washington’s Landing.

Explore the island’s natural, industrial, and economic history with tour host, David Rotenstein.


Historian Dr. David Rotenstein has written about Pittsburgh livestock, meatpacking, and leather tanning industries since 1997. His latest project is documenting the social history of numbers gambling in Pittsburgh.

TOUR STARTS/ENDS: Washington’s Landing Marina and Restaurant Parking Lot, 100 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • This is a walking tour: 1-2 miles of walking
  • There are parts of this tour that are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Photography is allowed

This tour is brought to you in part by The Fine Foundation, Koppers, and Dollar Bank.

Dollar Bank Logo 2021

Tour Dates:

June 4, 2022

10:00am – 12:00pm

October 15, 2022

10:00am – 12:00pm

And remember to use #BeNebby in your social media posts before, during and after this tour!

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