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 Edward Manning Bigelow

Edward Manning Bigelow

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 6 Dec 1916 (aged 66)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 14, Lot 112
Memorial ID 18495 · View Source
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Head of Dept of Public Works in Pittsburgh and died before the start of his 4th term, whose foremost achievement was the acquisition of Schenley and Highland Parks for the city. Known as the father of the city's parks system in Pittsburgh, the city erected a statue of Mr. Bigelow in Schenley Park while he was living (by Giuseppe Moretti, 1895) which was an extremely rare honor! He was very good friends with Andrew Carnegie. Mary Peabody married Edward Bigelow in 1880 and they had no children.
He was appointed Commissioner of the newly formed State Highway Department in 1911 (served 1911-15) by PA Gov. John K. Tener and grew the roads managed from 7,000 to 13,000 miles at a time when the automobile was a novelty, but quickly replacing the horse and carriage as the regular mode of transportation. PennDOT claims more than 41,000 miles today (Sep. 2013). Grant Boulevard was posthumously re-named Bigelow Boulevard in his memory in 1916.

Please learn more at the following websites:

http://www.pittsburghparks.org/history-3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Manning_Bigelow

http://www.wqed.org/education/pghist/units/folks/oakland_tour.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Moretti#In_Pittsburgh


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  • Maintained by: DamePenn
  • Added: 17 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18495
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Manning Bigelow (6 Nov 1850–6 Dec 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18495, citing Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by DamePenn (contributor 47920031) .