Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Desperate and the Decadent
Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Thomas Scott, owner of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earned $175,000 in 1877. Railroad monopolist Jay Gould left $77,000,000 to his heirs when he died. Still these men claimed that declining profits necessitated wage cuts. While railroad barons filled their greenhouses with orchids and sailed on 230 ft. yachts, the working families of Pittsburgh lived on less than $400 a year.
Erected 2007 by the Howling Mob Society.
Location. 40° 27.142′ N, 79° 59.029′ W. Click for map. Marker is 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 marker. Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); State Violence Incites Rioting (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Menace of the Iron Horse (about 700 feet away); Who Was the Howling Mob? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake (approx. ¼ mile away); Seige at the 26th Street Roundhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sixteenth Street Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joshua (Josh) Gibson (approx. 0.4 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.)
Additional keywords. Social Justice Struggles
Categories. • Labor Unions • Notable Events • Railroads & Streetcars •
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