Allegheny County to rename 16th Street Bridge in honor of McCullough

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Allegheny County Council voted tonight to honor historian David McCullough by naming the 16th Street Bridge after him. Mr. McCullough, who will turn 80 on July 7, is a Pittsburgh native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He often speaks fondly about growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania.

"I'm looking forward to the [dedication] celebration," Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko said after the unanimous vote. The Regent Square Democrat shepherded the measure through council.

The proposal to name a bridge for Mr. McCullough was launched more than a year ago by history buff Michael Connors of Chalfant. Post-Gazette columnist Brian O'Neill suggested the 16th Street Bridge as an appropriate span, and Mr. Connors backed that idea.

Mr. McCullough has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, the Francis Parkman Prize and a 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He may be best known as the narrator for the Ken Burns documentary series "The Civil War" and as the longtime host of the PBS history program "American Experience."

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