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Iron and Steel Workers

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
1. Iron and Steel Workers Marker
Inscription.  The shift to mass production in the steel industry brought thousands of new workers to Pittsburgh and forever changed the city. Between 1870 and 1900, Pittsburgh's population quadrupled. Through Ellis Island and from across the nation came the people who would forge Pittsburgh's famous work force.

Workers labored in twelve-hour shifts for seven days a week, never seeing the light of day. In overcrowded boarding houses and shanties, landlords rented the same rooms for two shifts. Typhoid fever and industrial accidents claimed hundreds of lives.

Reform movements initiated by strong trade unions and civic leaders improved work and living conditions.

The hills and valleys surrounding J&L became insulated neighborhoods where Old World cultural traditions endured. Churches, clubs, and societies defined the old ways of life, and Pittsburgh's ethnic neighborhoods remained stable during decades of change in the 20th century.
 
Erected by PA DCNR, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, City of PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
2. Iron and Steel Workers photo
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At the end of a shift at J&L 5,000 men were on the move
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor Unions. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 40° 25.577′ N, 79° 57.229′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eliza Furnace (here, next to this marker); Jones and Laughlin (here, next to this marker); Hazelwood: A Rivertown Rich in History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Materials Handling (approx. half a mile away); The MonCon Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Open Hearth Steel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rivers of Steel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cast Iron Columns (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of the Riverfront - Three Rivers Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Iron and Steel Workers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
3. Iron and Steel Workers Marker
Marker is in the center of the markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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