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Homestead Steel Works by B. L. H. Dabbs, 1893-1895. [Explore PA History]

Eugene Smith – “Steelworker with Goggles,” Pittsburgh, 1955

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Cover of The Pittsburgh Press (via)

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: March 12, 1910 

Thomas K. Laughlin, Director in the Jones Laughlin Steel Company, and husband of the sister of President Taft’s wife, committed suicide, according to a statement of the Coroner of Allegheny County, made public this afternoon. [The New York Times]

Pittsburgh Bessemer Steel Company, c. 1884 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: March 6, 1882 

The Homestead mill of the Pittsburgh Bessemer Steel Company had its first strike when millworkers refused to sign “yellow dog” contracts; violence followed. [Historic Pittsburgh]

“Andrew Carnegie” returns for the closing of the historic Carnegie Building, 1952 (via The Pittsburgh Press)

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: March 1, 1952 

At midnight 100 men of the United States Steel Corporation sat around a horseshoe table in the Carnegie Building, then emptied of all tenants, and drank a toast to what had been “steel headquarters” for 57 years. At 8 a.m., demolition crews began the long and arduous task of disassembling this structure, beam by beam, to clear the site for a Kaufmann’s annex. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: February 16, 1946 

The nationwide steel strike was virtually settled today, breaking one of the worst industrial crises in the country’s history.

The backbone of the 27-day-old strike was broken when the United Steelworkers (CIO) and United States Steel Corp. was settled last night approximating the terms proposed by President Truman four weeks ago. U.S. Steel historically sets the wage pattern for the entire basic steel industry. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: February 1, 1901

United States Steel was incorporated; the founding companies included Federal Steel Company, American Steel and Wire Company, National Tube, National Steel, American Tin Plate, American Steel Hopp Company, and the American Sheet Steel Company. [Historic Pittsburgh]

Steel worker in Pittsburgh, 1955. W. Eugene Smith.


Circa 1973: ”Homestead Works 4 o’clock shift.”

The Homestead Works was at one time the busiest steel mill in the United States. According to the Post-Gazette, the Homestead Works of U.S. Steel produced nearly a third of all the steel used in the country.

“In its 105-year history, the Homestead Works produced more than 200 million tons of steel: Rails and railroad cars, armor plate that covered battleships and tanks from the Spanish-American War through the Korean War, and beams and girders that went into the Empire State Building, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the U.S. Steel Building in Pittsburgh and the Sears Tower in Chicago.”

This photo, which we found in our archives, is from the times when the Homestead Works was still in operation. It shut its doors July 25, 1986, when a lonely band of two dozen men drove out the Amity Street gate for the last time.

(Photo by Ed Morgan, The Pittsburgh Press) 

— Mila Sanina


Jan. 12, 1967:  Steel Mills Exterior 

In the 1960s Pittsburgh’s industrial base was still strong, but a crisis loomed. In the 1970s the city lived through difficult days of layoffs and mill closures as major industrial corporations left the city.  

To see what Pittsburgh looked like in the 1960s check out this short clip, “Tour of Pittsburgh: 1965.”

(Pittsburgh Press photo)

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Industrial Scene, Pittsburgh, 1928. Aaron Harry Gorson (via)

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On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 21, 1919 

A campaign to unionize the steel industry started in Pittsburgh when a strike was called by National Committee for Organizing Iron and Steel Workers, headed by William Z. Foster, later general secretary of the American Communist party; 365,000 steel workers struck throughout nation for union recognition and reduction of the 12-hour day. [Historic PittsburghWikipedia

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 23, 1909 

Six were killed and scores injured in two riot battles between police and Press Steel Car strikers. [Historic PittsburghThe Pittsburgh Press

Andrew Carnegie, by F. Luis Mora (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 11, 1919

Andrew Carnegie died at age 84 at his summer home in Lenox, Mass., after three days of pneumonia. [Historic Pittsburgh