Donora in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The 1948 Donora Smog
Erected 1995 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
Location. 40° 10.574′ N, 79° 51.324′ W. Marker is in Donora, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is on Meldon Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 837) near 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Located at Donora Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Donora PA 15033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow fliesCement City (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rabe Manor (approx. 1.3 miles away); Christian B. Anfinsen (approx. 1.8 miles away); Colonel Edward Cook (approx. 3 miles away); Horseshoe Baptist Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); John K. Tener (approx. 3˝ miles away); Whiskey Point (approx. 3.9 miles away); One Extraordinary Street (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The 1948 Donora Smog - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Commemoration of The Donora Smog of 1948. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cleaner air is legacy left by Donora's killer 1948 smog. 1998 article by David Templeton in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Smog laden with sulfur dioxide from the zinc works was something Donora residents had become used to. As it thickened, residents went about their normal routines. On Oct. 29, the smog hid players from the crowd at a high school football game, and later, it became too thick to drive. That evening, people walking outside couldn't see their hands in front of their faces. Still, few had any sense of the danger encircling them.” (Submitted on October 26, 2017.)
4. 1948 New York Times Article. “Expert Asserts Slightly Higher Concentration Would Have Depopulated (Submitted on October 26, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,209 times since then and 4 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 29, 2017. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.