Iron and Steel Workers Historical

Iron and Steel Workers Historical (HM1W72)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Allegheny County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 25.577', W 79° 57.229'

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The shift to mass production in the steel industry brought thousands of new workers to Pittsburgh and forever changed the city. Between 1870 and 1900, Pittsburgh's population quadrupled. Through Ellis Island and from across the nation came the people who would forge Pittsburgh's famous work force.

Workers labored in twelve-hour shifts for seven days a week, never seeing the light of day. In overcrowded boarding houses and shanties, landlords rented the same rooms for two shifts. Typhoid fever and industrial accidents claimed hundreds of lives.

Reform movements initiated by strong trade unions and civic leaders improved work and living conditions.

The hills and valleys surrounding J&L became insulated neighborhoods where Old World cultural traditions endured. Churches, clubs, and societies defined the old ways of life, and Pittsburgh's ethnic neighborhoods remained stable during decades of change in the 20th century.
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HM NumberHM1W72
Placed ByPA DCNR, Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, City of PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 588744 N 4475597
Decimal Degrees40.42628333, -79.95381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.577', W 79° 57.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 34.62" N, 79° 57' 13.74" W
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Area Code(s)412, 724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh PA 15213, US
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