Although the work being done was progressive, the town of Pittsburgh was still a rough looking place. In 1789, a visitor called Pittsburgh the muddiest place he had ever seen. There were no sidewalks. No streets were paved. A few owners had put wooden planks in front of their houses and shops but most hadn't. The streets were described as "filled with hogs, dogs, horse carts and noisy children." There were no streetlights at night. A lamp was hung over the doors of taverns and inns, but everywhere else in town it was very dark.