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Pittsburgh bridge renamed for historian David McCullough

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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:20 pm

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh bridge has been renamed for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough on his 80th birthday.

County officials gathered Sunday to rename the 16th Street Bridge in McCullough's honor. A Pittsburgh native and two-time Pulitzer prize winner, he says no honor has touched him like the decision to rename the bridge after him.

McCullough, who wrote a book about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, says there's "something special about a bridge."

The span across the Allegheny River was built in 1923 to connect the Strip District with the historic H.J. Heinz plant. The county council had approved the name change in December and deemed Sunday "David McCullough Day."

McCullough joins Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson among those who have Pittsburgh bridges named for them.