Homestead Steel Works

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Steel workers gaze on as molten steel is poured from ladle to casts at Homestead Steel Works.

Homestead Steel Works was a large steel works located on the Monongahela River at Homestead, Pennsylvania in the United States. It was developed in the nineteenth century as an extensive plant served by tributary coal and iron fields, a railway 425 miles (684 km) long, and a line of lake steamships.


Andrew Carnegie, (a Scottish emigrant), bought the 2 year old Homestead Steel Works in 1883, and integrated it into his Carnegie Steel Company.[1]

There was a bitter strike at the plant in 1892. In 1896, Carnegie build the Carnegie Library of Homestead in nearby Munhall as part of concessions to the striking workers.

In 1901 Carnegie sold his operations to U.S. Steel. On January 6, 1906 it was announced that the company would undergo upgrades and expansions worth seven million dollars ($184 million today.) The workforce peaked at 15,000 during World War II.[2] William J. Gaughan was a Senior Designer of Operations Planning and Control at the company who developed computer systems to aid in automation of various operations. Throughout his management career Gaughan had developed an interest in the history of Homestead Steel Works and began to collect photos and pamphlets regarding the company.[3] The plant closed in 1986 because of a severe downturn in the domestic steel industry, from which the industry still hasn't recovered.

Carrie Furnace, a blast furnace across the Monongahela River from the main site
Shopping center

A few remnants of the steel works were not destroyed.[4] Today the land is home to The Waterfront shopping center and Sandcastle Waterpark.

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