Donora in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1997 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 10.083′ N, 79° 51.725′ W. Marker is in Donora, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of McKean Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 837) and Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling south on McKean Avenue. Click for map. Located next to this marker is Victims of the 1948 Donora Smog plaque. Marker is in this post office area: Donora PA 15033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The 1948 Donora Smog (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rabe Manor (approx. one mile away); Christian B. Anfinsen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Horseshoe Baptist Cemetery (approx. John K. Tener (approx. 2.8 miles away); Colonel Edward Cook (approx. 2.9 miles away); Whiskey Point (approx. 3.9 miles away); One Extraordinary Street (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Donora.
Regarding Cement City. Ard Hesselink, Bellingwolde, the Netherlands provided the construction photos via his flickr website, from his cousin Gijsbert Hesselink, Alkmaar (The Netherlands)
Laurens Rijnhart (1886-1925) in America
After having studied engineering in Zurich, Switzerland, my grandfather's brother, great-uncle Laurens Rijnhart Hesselink (1886-1925) left for the USA where he worked in construction of bridges, housing, etc.
Genealogy cousin Gijs recently inherited a series of photographs of building sites he probably worked on, which Laurens Rijnhart left after his untimely death in 1925. We recently embarked on an investigation via flickr trying to find out where exactly these photographs were taken.
Thanks to stonewheel (he noticed the sign in picture #12 and googled the name he found) we now know that many of these pictures were taken at the construction
We knew that Laurens was in Donora in 1917 (see the map I made Laurens Rijnhart in America (1886-1925)) which turns out to be the year that the project was delivered as well.
If he actually worked on it, we don't know but we are happy the site has now been identified.
Also see . . . Ard Hesselink's flickr page on Cement City. A little insight into the construction of Cement City which his great-uncle Laurens Rijnhart (1886-1925) may have helped with construction. (Submitted on July 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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