Pat the Avenger Returns Fire

Pat the Avenger Returns Fire (HMHCO)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Allegheny County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 27.765', W 79° 58.017'

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Great Railroad Strike of 1877

In The Great Strike of 1877, a labor dispute between workers and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company set off a popular uprising. The Philadelphia militia shot into an unarmed crowd on July 21st and then took shelter in the roundhouse at 26th Street. On the morning of July 22nd they marched eastward, retreating from the city. By then, thousands of citizens had raided arms and ammunition shops — preparing themselves to avenge the dead and defend their community. The people of Pittsburgh fired tenaciously upon the militiamen from street corners, alleyways, windows, and housetops as they fled up Penn Avenue.

Local legend gives a name to one of many individuals who doggedly pursued the retreating troops. "Pat the Avenger" is described as a calm and collected gunman emerging from doorways and alleyways, methodically taking aim and firing with great accuracy. It is believed that Pat killed several retreating militiamen, however stories vary and no one has been able to confirm the man's identity.
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HM NumberHMHCO
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Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Howling Mob Society
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 587583 N 4479632
Decimal Degrees40.46275000, -79.96695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 27.765', W 79° 58.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 27' 45.90" N, 79° 58' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)412, 724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3408 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15201, US
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