Biking through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail
The book’s engaging narrative is complemented by the nature photography of Paul g Wiegman and an extensive selection of historical illustrations, all of which reveal the stunning scenery and history of the biking trail. This book captures the essence of the trail as a journey through both time and space, one that evokes all of the heritage and beauty of a region that would grow to prosper and help forge a nation.
Formerly titled An Uncommon Passage: Traveling through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, this is an updated paperback version with a revised introduction and new material that includes the completed trail area in the city of Pittsburgh.
Praise For Biking through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail…
“A must-read for anyone biking or hiking along any section of the Great Allegheny Passage. It will enrich their experiences many times over.”
“This book ably presents the panoply of geology, geography, biology, and human history that is the Great Allegheny Passage. Read it to plan a trip and to achieve the full experience when you visit this rich and fascinating realm.”
—Charles Fergus, author of Trees of Pennsylvania and Wildlife of Pennsylvania
“More than simply a tale of the history and development of one of this area’s most unique features. It also is a fine history of Western Pennsylvania.”
—Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“This is an uncommonly good read. It's a welcome addition to the resources about the Great Allegheny Passage. An Uncommon Passage provides comprehensive overviews of the historical and natural setting of the trail. These provide a context that enriches our understanding of the trail.”
—Mary Shaw, coauthor, Linking Up: Planning Your Traffic-Free Trip between Pittsburgh PA and Washington DC
“[Important] to scholars for insight into the process of community and regional regeneration in the postindustrial era . . . accessible and innovative . . . beautiful photography is seamlessly meshed with engaging prose.”
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822964032, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 13, 2016
About the Author
Paul g. Wiegman is a photographer, writer, and naturalist. Trained as a botanist, he has been active in conservation for thirty-five years. His photography has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, National Geographic, and Time-Life and Readers Digest books.