Fire in the Valley- Carnegie Steel and the Town That Built America

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Pittsburgh's Steel Valley along the Monongahela River made the steel which built America and fueled the Arsenal of Democracy for two World Wars. It was also the site of the Battle of Homestead 9 July 1892, the most consequential armed confrontation between workers and company-employed strikebreakers in American History.

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Operated by: The Pittsburgh Tour

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Multi-millionaire industrialist George Mesta's wife Pearl held court here before she moved to the Nations' Capital and became "The Hostess with the Mostess".

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Homestead

As the location of the largest steel mill on the planet, this town played an essential role in the story of not just America but the entire industrial world. Presidents, Royalty, and even Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made to pilgrimage to the "Steel Capital of the World".

Duration: 30 minutes

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Buried in the midst of this mixed-use development on the site of the old Homestead Works of Carnegie Steel, you will find the 12,000 ton press. This monster machine pounded steel ingots into armor plate for battleships of the United States Navy including the USS MIssouri.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Your Guide is the proud Grandson of one of the leaders of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steelworkers. Here members fought and died on a sweltering Summer day as they stood up for the rights of workers everywhere.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Stand at the actual location where Pinkerton Agency mercenaries attempted to make an amphibious landing to occupy the Homestead Works of Carnegie Steel which had been locked out by Henry Clay Frick. Here they were challenged by workers fighting not only for their jobs, but also for their families and their community.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Braddock

Carnegie Steel's Edgar Thomson Works of the United States Steel Corporation continues to operate as the last remaining steel works in the once mighty Monongahela Valley. You'll stop to see the monument to the last slab rolled and the first slab cast before pausing to salute Joe Magarac, the Croatian Folk Hero of the Steelworker.

Duration: 5 minutes
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