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Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“The Steelworker in Pittsburg”

Dedicated September 10, 1995

 

—Sculptor: Frank Vitale —

 
“The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
1. “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker
Inscription. Gone are the days when steelworkers in the rolling mill toiled in extreme heat, catching red-hot steel rods equipped only with a pair of tongs, cotton gloves and leather shin guards. Today’s steelworker is a pace setter in manufacturing innovation, modernization, safety and technology, and a model and hope for workers everywhere.

The local mill opened in 1910 and was an early supplier to the state’s gold dredging, shipbuilding and lumbering industries. The Pittsburg plant was a major force in the construction of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Hoover Dam, military production in both world wars and a pioneer in trade unionism, and continues as the major steel supplier in the west.

The steelworker has been vital in the regions economic, social and civic life. The steel mill attracted people from every part of the country, helping to make Pittsburg a truly cosmopolitan city and giving our city the title “Steel City of the West.”

The joint venture between Pohang Iron and Steel of South Korea and U.S. Steel that created USS-POSCO Industries in 1986 has resulted in a completely refurbished and modernized plant that will keep the steel industry a vital part of the local economy well into the 21st century.

Bob Lewis (Mayor and Co-Chairman) • Sal Cacciaroni (Co-Chairman) • Nita Esposito
“The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Sculpture and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
2. “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Sculpture and Marker
Marker is mounted on the brickwork at the base of the statue.
• Bill Milano • Lois Farthing • Frank Confetti • Diana Mason • Bennie A. Bruno • Darlene Aiello • Jennie Hernandez • Jim Shepard • Bob Witt • Butch Hansen • Boots & Irel Barrus • Laura Jaramillo
 
Erected 1995.
 
Location. 38° 1.919′ N, 121° 53.011′ W. Marker is in Pittsburg, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and East 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on Railroad Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburg CA 94565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pittsburg Post Dispatch Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of America (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Diamond (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Relocation of Italians in America During World II (about 600 feet away); Riverview Union High School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Antioch High School Cupola (approx. 3.3 miles away); The McCoy Cook House (approx. 3.3 miles away); City of Antioch War Dog Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittsburg.
 
Also see . . .  History of USS-POSCO Industries. The first Pittsburg steel facility
Sculpture Detail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
3. Sculpture Detail
opened in 1910 as a 60-man foundry under the name Columbia Steel. Consisting of one building and a single 150-ton open hearth, the plant furnished steel castings for the dredging, lumber and shipping industries. (Submitted on October 31, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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