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Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“The Steelworker in Pittsburg”

Dedicated September 10, 1995

— Sculptor: Frank Vitale —

 
 
“The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, February 19, 2023
1. “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker
Inscription.  Gone are the days when steelworkers in the rolling mill toiled in extreme heat, catching red-hot steel rods equipped only with a pair of tongs, cotton gloves and leather shin guards. Today’s steelworker is a pace setter in manufacturing innovation, modernization, safety and technology, and a model and hope for workers everywhere.

The local mill opened in 1910 and was an early supplier to the state’s gold dredging, shipbuilding and lumbering industries. The Pittsburg plant was a major force in the construction of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Hoover Dam, military production in both world wars and a pioneer in trade unionism, and continues as the major steel supplier in the west.

The steelworker has been vital in the regions economic, social and civic life. The steel mill attracted people from every part of the country, helping to make Pittsburg a truly cosmopolitan city and giving our city the title “Steel City of the West.”

The joint venture between Pohang Iron and Steel of South Korea and U.S. Steel that created USS-POSCO Industries in 1986 has resulted in a completely refurbished and modernized
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plant that will keep the steel industry a vital part of the local economy well into the 21st century.

Bob Lewis (Mayor and Co-Chairman) • Sal Cacciaroni (Co-Chairman) • Nita Esposito • Bill Milano • Lois Farthing • Frank Confetti • Diana Mason • Bennie A. Bruno • Darlene Aiello • Jennie Hernandez • Jim Shepard • Bob Witt • Butch Hansen • Boots & Irel Barrus • Laura Jaramillo
 
Erected 1995.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 38° 1.919′ N, 121° 53.011′ W. Marker is in Pittsburg, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and East 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburg CA 94565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pittsburg Post Dispatch Building (within shouting distance of this marker); John Buckley Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of America (within shouting distance of this marker); Coach “Smiley” Jim Camitz (within shouting distance of this marker); California Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black Diamond (about 400 feet away); Federal Relocation of Italians in America During World II
“The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
2. “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Marker
(about 600 feet away); Bristol Bay Sail Gill Netter (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburg.
 
“The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Sculpture and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
3. “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” Sculpture and Marker
Marker is mounted on the brickwork at the base of the statue.
Sculpture Detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2010
4. Sculpture Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,753 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 26, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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