TAGGED: S FOR STEEL MILLS IN PITTSBURGH
Iron and steel were Pittsburgh’s main industries for nearly a century and a half. The mills along the rivers churned out their products 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It can be said that steel from Pittsburgh mills practically built America. From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, steel from Pittsburgh found its way to all corners of the developing nation.
“Pittsburgh is more than a city,” declared Herbert Casson in his popular history The Romance of Steel (1907). It was “the acme of activity,” “an industrial cyclone,” a region of “sweat and gold,” a singular place where labor became “an untiring fury to produce.” As awe-inspiring as the Grand Canyon, Pittsburgh possessed the “secret of perpetual energy which science cannot explain.” Another popular image put it simply: “Pittsburgh is hell with the lid off.”
Pittsburgh Steel Murals
Present-day Pittsburgh, with a diversified economy, a low cost of living, and a rich infrastructure for education and culture, has been ranked number 30 of the World’s Most Livable Cities and number one in the United States Most Livable City list.
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