To commemorate the City of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association now offers self-guided tours for guests to visit the final resting place of twenty-eight Pittsburgh Mayors in historic Allegheny Cemetery!
Notable stops include Ebenezer Denny in Section 11, the City’s first Mayor, compatriot of George Washington and famed hero of the Revolutionary War. In Section 29 we find Joseph Barker, who served from 1850-1851 and was elected into office while incarcerated (one of at least eight times he was imprisoned). Section 20 boasts Mayor George W. Guthrie who served from 1906-1909 before his appointment as the United States Ambassador to Japan by President Woodrow Wilson. We find Charles Kline in Section 40, whose service was marked by scandal, a corruption conviction and the now infamous “oriental rug.” William McNair’s headstone in Section 33 simply reads, “Husband,” though public record will remember him best for his antics in office when he named his Chauffeur the City’s Director of Public Safety and gladly stood on his head for press photos. At every stop, visitors will find a plaque with an image of the Mayor (when available) and details on the years they lived, terms served, political affiliation and accomplishments while in office.
No reservations are needed and self-guided tours are free to the public. Maps, brochures and literature detailing the Cemetery’s history and additional famous “residents” are available at the Administration Office which is staffed from 8:15am Monday – Friday until 5:00pm and Saturday until 4:00pm.
Allegheny Cemetery is a registered [501 (c)(13)] non-denominational, non-profit organization established in 1844 by the City of Pittsburgh’s most prominent citizens and philanthropists. Over 170 years later, her landscape remains as celebrated as her residents and the public is invited to visit seven days per week until 7:00pm in summer months. Fifteen miles of winding country roads offer visitors a chance to escape urban gridlock and “get lost” in a Romantic Era rural garden filled with one-of-a-kind memorial statuary and spectacular historic architecture. The Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association provides tours, educational literature and public programming as part of its mission to preserve the historic integrity of Allegheny Cemetery and celebrate the rich heritage of the greater Pittsburgh region. Guided group tours are available as well as information on burial, cremation and memorial products and services by calling 412-682-1624.