“Truth is not only stranger than fiction,” said newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, “it is more interesting.”
Historians give Hearst a mixed review for the amount of “truth” he actually recorded in his newspapers. But he was right: The true stories behind historical events are often more interesting than the rumors and legends.
The steel industry’s rise and fall in the Monongahela Valley is prey to a number of legends, myths and rumors itself, and the stories that are told often depend on who’s doing the telling:
Their is an element of truth in each point of view, but the real stories are more complicated, and yes, more interesting.
As part of an ongoing project throughout 2007 and 2008, Tube City Online will try to write histories of many of the steel mills and fabricators around McKeesport, as well as a little bit of the basic history of steel and ironmaking in the region.
This is a major undertaking, and your patience is appreciated.
If you have something you’d like to contribute—a story, a photo, or something else—please email me at first initial, last name at gmail dot com.
Plant History Brochure (added March 2009)
Plant History Brochure (added September 2009)
U.S. Iron and Tinplate Co.
The ‘Tinplate Liar’ of McKeesport (August 2007)
Fort Pitt Steel Casting Co.
Fort Pitt Steel Casting Co. (July 2007)