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Jones and Laughlin

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
1. Jones and Laughlin Marker
Inscription.  The partnership between Jones & Laughlin combined the skills of an older financial genius with those of a brilliant young entrepreneur. Before the Civil War, Jones established a rolling mill on the South Side, and Laughlin subsequently built an iron furnace on this side of the river. The two firms formed the Jones & Laughlin Company.

J&L began as a family business and the principal partners trained their sons and brothers to take over executive positions. Jones based the management on "Vertical Combination"-the concept of owning raw materials, fuel, transportation, and other requirements needed to create a finished product. J&L owned iron ore mines near Lake Michigan, coal mines in Washington and Greene Counties, a Blair County limestone company, and drilled natural gas wells to supply the mill. The company established docks on Lake Erie and owned hundreds of barges.

On January 1, 1900, J&L made a momentous decision to shift exclusively to the fabrication of products made from steel. Although the Eliza blast furnaces continued to smelt iron used to make the steel, J&L no longer made iron products.

At its peak
Jones and Laughlin Marker photos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
2. Jones and Laughlin Marker photos
photo 1 caption
A worker climbs the hill to South Oakland in the 1940s.

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Cars filled with molten iron cross the Hot Metal Bridge to the rolling mills on the opposite side of the river.
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in the 20th century, J&L employed 30,000 workers and occupied over seven miles of riverfront. For more than a century, J&L's smoke stacks, furnaces, rolling mills, coke ovens and factory buildings lined both sides of the river.
 
Erected by PA DCNR, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, City of PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1900.
 
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. Marker is located on the 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); Iron and Steel Workers (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
Jones and Laughlin image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
3. Jones and Laughlin
(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 . . .
1. Friends of the Riverfront - Three Rivers Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Benjamin Franklin Jones at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. James H. Laughlin at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Jones and Laughlin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 9, 2016
4. Jones and Laughlin Marker
Marker is on the right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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