“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Great Strike Ignites the Nation!

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Great Strike Ignites the Nation! Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 2007
1. Great Strike Ignites the Nation! Marker
Inscription. The Great Strike of 1877 was not exclusive to Pittsburgh. The first signs of what would become a popular uprising appeared on the B&O Line in Baltimore, on July 16th 1877. Unrest in Baltimore was initially suppressed. The next day, however, trainmen in Martinsburg, West Virginia went on strike. News from Martinsburg helped to re-ignite the flame of discontent in Baltimore. Citizens rose up in support of workers and met violent opposition from the Maryland National Guard.

Within a week, the strike reached more than a dozen lines and extended from New York State west to the Rockies and south to Texas. Mass rallies were held in Buffalo, Albany, Trenton, Boston and New York City. In Chicago, a crowd of 10,000 people fended off police attacks. A general strike in Saint Louis lasted five days. Over all, 100,000 people are estimated to have participated in the strike and the popular uprising that ensued in many cities across the country.
Erected 2007 by the Howling Mob Society.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 26.807′ N, 79° 59.49′ W. Marker was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker was at the intersection of 13th Street and Mulberry Way on 13th Street
Great Strike Ignites the Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By the Howling Mob Society, used with permission, circa 2007
2. Great Strike Ignites the Nation Marker
This marker was removed by the Heinz History Center administration in early 2008.
. Click for map. Marker was mounted on a Municipal light pole near the Heinz History Center. It was removed by museum administration for unspecified reasons. Marker was in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Empty Pocket Pays (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Bell Speaks" (approx. mile away); Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sixteenth Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); August Wilson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Allegheny Aqueduct (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittsburgh.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Markers erected by the Howling Mob Society in 2007.
Also see . . .  The Howling Mob Society Website. (Submitted on January 4, 2010.)
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