Hub of Activity
After steel was made in Open Hearth facilities, it was often teemed or formed into columns of steel called ingots. This was done by pouring the molten steel into ingot molds. The ingots would be transported through the Works on an ingot buggy pulled by a railroad engine.
The molds Were removed, or "stripped," and the ingots were reheated in soaking pits. The steel could then be transformed into a variety of products.
Legend has it that when a man was killed in a "heat" (a batch) of steel, an ingot, or portion of the resulting steel, was buried in his memory. The ingots displayed here stand as a symbol of the many men and women who dedicated their lives to the steel industry in the region.
Work And Worship
Between the 1880s and the 1920s, thousands of laborers came to work, not only on this site at the Jones & Laughlin Works, but also in the other mills and foundries that dominated the landscape on Pittsburgh's South Side. The iron, steel, and foundry workers and their families, many of whom were new immigrants, generally settled along ethnic lines, creating a neighborhood that was rich
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1938 Library of Congress
Workers leaving mill, c. 1930s Rivers of Steel Archives
Stripped Ingots, c. 1870 Rivers of Steel Archives
Erected by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 40° 25.785′ N, 79° 57.945′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Three Rivers Heritage Trail 0.3 miles west of Hot Metal Bridge, on the right when traveling west. Not accessible by motorized vehicle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jones & Laughlin Steel Company (a few steps from this marker); Shaping Steel (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Steel The J&L Way (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cast Iron Columns (about 500 feet away); Rivers of Steel (about 500 feet away); Open Hearth Steel
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.