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

1909 McKee's Rocks Strike

 
 
1909 McKee's Rocks Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 2, 2015
1. 1909 McKee's Rocks Strike Marker
Inscription. On July 14, unskilled immigrant workers led a strike against the Pressed Steel Car Company. Strain among the strikers, replacement laborers, and state police erupted into a riot on August 22. Eleven men were killed near this footbridge. Strikers were aided by the Industrial Workers of the World.
 
Erected 2000 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 28.547′ N, 80° 3.618′ W. Marker is in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of George Street and Nichol Avenue, on the right when traveling west on George Street. Touch for map. Marker was previously located on the west side of the McKees Rocks Bridge. It has been moved to the intersection of George & Graham Streets and Nichol Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Kees Rocks PA 15136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presston (approx. half a mile away); McKees Rocks Mound (approx. half a mile away); Michael A. Musmanno (approx. 0.7 miles away); The McKee Mansion
1909 McKee's Rocks Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 2, 2015
2. 1909 McKee's Rocks Strike Marker
In its new location.
(approx. mile away); Davis Island Lock and Dam (approx. 1.3 miles away); Greenstone United Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Corliss Street Tunnel (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKees Rocks.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pressed Steel Car Strike in McKees Rocks reaches centennial anniversary. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article (Submitted on March 16, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. 1909 McKee's Rocks Strike - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
The Pressed Steel Car Company strikers meeting at McKees Rocks, PA. image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, August 5, 1909
3. The Pressed Steel Car Company strikers meeting at McKees Rocks, PA.
Courtesy: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Workers' bread line during the Summer 1909 strike at the Pressed Steel Car Co. in McKees Rocks, PA. image. Click for full size.
By Pittsburgh Leader, August 1909
4. Workers' bread line during the Summer 1909 strike at the Pressed Steel Car Co. in McKees Rocks, PA.
Courtesy: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Wall surrounding the Pressed Steel Car plant image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
5. Wall surrounding the Pressed Steel Car plant
To protect the plant from striking workers, and to protect the "scab" laborers who took their jobs, Pressed Steel in 1909 constructed a stockade that surrounded the plant, which it manned with armed guards.
Credit: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Steel strikers at the "Bloody Corner of McKees Rocks" image. Click for full size.
By Bain News Service, August 25, 1909
6. Steel strikers at the "Bloody Corner of McKees Rocks"
Footbridge described in the marker is shown in photo
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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