Archive Stories: What We’ve Learned

In the last 10 years, members of the community have come forward with information and insights on photographs in the Teenie Harris Archive. Here are just a few of the newest and best stories about Teenie Harris images.

Redevelopment around the Three Rivers Stadium site

Three Rivers Stadium during construction, with sign for US Steel American Bridge Company, August 1969Three Rivers Stadium during construction, with sign for U.S. Steel American Bridge Company, August 1969  
Large crane separating dilapidated boats, possibly at Zubik's boatyard on the North Side, seen from beneath a bridge, c. 1968–1970Large crane separating dilapidated boats, possibly at Zubik's boatyard on the North Side, seen from beneath a bridge, c. 1968–1970  
Large crane separating dilapidated boats, possibly at Zubik's boatyard on the North Side, c. 1968–1970Large crane separating dilapidated boats, possibly at Zubik's boatyard on the North Side, c. 1968–1970  

Albert Johnson, a Pittsburgh Courier photographer, recalled in 2011 Harris's documentation of the area around the Three Rivers Stadium site: "I guess you weren't around when they cleared the waterfront for the Three Rivers Stadium. They had to kick Zubik off the waterfront because he had a big steel scrap yard on the North Side.…And they would load barges, scrap cars, all, if it was metal it was over there. Zubik didn't want to leave, and they evicted him. There was one reporter that got thrown in the, in the river. And Teenie went over there; they almost threw him in the river. Don't ask me how he, don't ask me how he escaped, but he got his picture and got out of there. And told people at the Courier, 'Don't you send Johnson down there.'"