Pittsburgh Steam Engine Company

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The Pittsburgh Steam Engine Company, originally the Pittsburgh Engine Company[1] was a company founded in 1811[2] by Oliver Evans to manufacture high-pressure steam engines. It opened for business soon after Fulton's low-pressure New Orleans left Pittsburgh on her maiden voyage as the first steamboat west of the Appalachian Mountains. In addition to engines, the company made other heavy equipment and iron castings, including anchors used by Commodore Perry in the War of 1812 in Lake Erie.[3] It manufactured rolling mills for the iron industry as well.

It was located at the corner of Front Street and Redoubt Alley in Downtown Pittsburgh blocks from the Monongahela wharf.


  1. ^ Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; Van Horne, John C; Formwalt, Lee W (1984–1988). The correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Maryland Historical Society. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 513. 
  2. ^ Meyer, David R (2006). Networked machinists : high-technology industries in Antebellum America. Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-8018-8471-9. OCLC 65340979. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, John (1816). The Pittsburgh town & country almanac, for rogues and honest folks (almanac). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: R. & J. Patterson. OCLC 15448103.