Lost Youngstown

Lost Youngstown

by Sean T. Posey


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Lost Youngstown by Sean T. Posey

The massive steel mills of Youngstown once fueled the economic boom of the Mahoning Valley. Movie patrons took in the latest flick at the ornate Paramount Theater, and mob bosses dressed to the nines for supper at the Colonial House. In 1977, the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company announced the closure of its steelworks in a nearby city. The fallout of the ensuing mill shutdowns erased many of the city's beloved landmarks and neighborhoods. Students hurrying across a crowded campus tread on the foundations of the Elms Ballroom, where Duke Ellington once brought down the house. On the lower eastside, only broken buildings and the long-silent stacks of Republic Rubber remain. Urban explorer and historian Sean T. Posey navigates a disappearing cityscape to reveal a lost era of Youngstown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626198326
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/11/2016
Series: Lost Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 625,209
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sean T. Posey is a freelance writer, photographer and historian. He holds a bachelor's degree in photojournalism and a master's degree in history from Youngstown State University. He is an adjunct faculty member in the department of humanities at Eastern Gateway Community College. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including Rust Wire, the Vindicator and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as in anthologies on Youngstown and Pittsburgh by Belt Publishing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: The Biggest Little City on Earth 11

Part I Industrial Colossus

1 Youngstown Sheet and Tube 19

2 Republic Rubber 39

Part II Third Places

3 The Liberty/Paramount Theater 59

4 Uptown 80

5 The (Nu) Elms Ballroom 99

6 The Newport Theater 114

Part III Communities of the Past

7 From Monkey's Nest to Brier Hill: A Trip Down Old West Federal 125

8 Smoky Hollow 145

Notes 155

Bibliography 163

Index 169

About the Author 175

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