Rialto is ‘Pig’s Hill’

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I would like to clarify some misinformation contained in the article concerning the “Welcome to Troy Hill” sign, which languishes in the designer’s basement (“Controversy in Troy Hill,” April 28). Troy Hill has never been nicknamed “Pig Hill.” Rialto Street, which makes its steep descent to the 31st Street Bridge, is fondly nicknamed “Pig’s Hill.” This name harks back to the day when pigs traversed the hill for slaughter.

To my knowledge, those pigs were not raised on Troy Hill; rather they were transported via train to the stockyards on Herrs Island (which now bears the illustrious name “Washington’s Landing”). North Side Packing and other meat companies were located in Spring Garden as well as on “the island.”

Five generations of my family called Troy Hill their home. I would hope that current residents would memorialize the true history of “the Hill,” which contains the hopes and dreams of many hard-working, family and community-oriented individuals. Pigs scampering up and down Rialto Street is a minute detail.


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