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Homestead in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Steelmaking Capital of the World

Homestead Steel Works

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
1. Steelmaking Capital of the World Marker
Inscription. For over a century, the massive Homestead Steel Works defined the Pittsburgh Region as the steelmaking capital of the world. Opened in 1881 by a handful of industrialists eager to take part in the industrial boom, the Homestead Works flourished after Andrew Carnegie purchased it in 1883. In 1901, when J.P. Morgan bought Carnegie's holdings and formed United States Steel, the Homestead Works was poised to become one of Unites States Steel's most important mills.

At its height, the Homestead Works had an annual capacity of more than nine million tons of steel used to manufacture a variety of products.

Homestead rolled armor plate for ships and tanks. It produced beams and steel pilings for buildings, locks, dams and bridges. Axles and wheels from Homestead kept passenger and freight traffic rolling on the world's railroads.

When the Homestead Works shut down in 1986, the mill occupied 430 acres atop which were 450 buildings. Through the years it had employed 200,000 workers and made unprecedented amounts of steel.
 
Erected by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
 
Location. 40° 24.465′ N, 79° 55.01′ W. Marker is in Homestead, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached
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By Mike Wintermantel
2. Steelmaking Capital of the World Marker
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from West Bridge Street 0.1 miles from West Waterfront Drive. Touch for map. Located in a little park behind Starbucks. Marker is in this post office area: Homestead PA 15120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Homestead Grays (approx. mile away); Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frances Perkins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bost Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bost Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carnegie Library of Homestead Swim Team (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carnegie Library of Homestead (approx. mile away); Homestead Strike Victims (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Homestead.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
3. Steelmaking Capital of the World Marker
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4. Steelmaking Capital of the World Marker
Steelmaking flow chart
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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