Homestead in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Spirit of Homestead
Standing at the foot of the Homestead Grays Bridge, Chiodo's Tavern embodied the spirit of Homestead and the Steel Valley. Originally the Trautman Hotel, the building housed a restaurant and bar for over 105 continuous years.
The longest stretch of ownership belonged to Mr. Joseph Chiodo. After a tour of duty in World War II, Joe purchased the property in 197 and operated the tavern for 58 years.
As much as it was a local bar, it was also known worldwide as a destination bar—a place to go to get a true dose of local color. Boasting numerous volumes of a guest register filled with the names of both the well-known and the fun-loving from all points of the globe, Chiodo's Tavern had no difficulty proving its claim to be "World Famous."
Joe Chiodo retired and the building was razed in 2005, however, Chiodo's Tavern will forever live in the memory of the people of the region.
Trained as a cobbler in his father's shop on Amity Street in Homestead, Joe hung his tools and some of his homemade boots in the bar as a remembrance of the past and started a famous local
Soon, Joe's patrons began to donate odd items to the bar, which over the years grew to one of the most unique collections of antiques and photographs in the area.
Erected by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 2005.
Location. 40° 24.368′ N, 79° 54.726′ W. Marker is in Homestead, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of West 8th Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 837) and Homestead Grays Bridge on West 8th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 W 7th Ave, Homestead PA 15120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Steel on the Move (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1892 Homestead Strike Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frances Perkins (about 500 feet away); John D. Kelly (about 800 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Homestead.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 244 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.