McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)


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McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) by Bernadette Sulzer Agreen, McKees Rocks Historical Society

McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, just downriver from the Point of Pittsburgh, contributed significantly to the growth of steel and transportation in western Pennsylvania. In 1888, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, known as the “Little Giant,” built a 100-acre maintenance facility in McKees Rocks, igniting the spark to the region’s massive industrial, business, and population explosion. By 1910, the population soared to 15,000, fueled by the rapid influx of nearly 6,000 immigrants. A landmark event in labor history occurred in July 1909, when 5,000 foreign workers, representing 16 different nationalities, waged a long and bloody strike against the Pressed Steel Car Company. McKees Rocks and Stowe Township showcases a region whose diverse history includes the largest Native American mound in Pennsylvania, visits by George Washington, floods, and even Al Capone. Today a rich mix of ethnic cultures still flavors the local neighborhoods, and the accomplishments of homegrown businessmen, musicians, clergy, athletes, public servants, artists, and educators are recognized and respected throughout western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738564715
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/10/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 788,773
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bernadette Sulzer Agreen is an amateur genealogist, local historian, and freelance writer. The McKees Rocks Historical Society was formed in December 2007 to promote and preserve the history of McKees Rocks and Stowe Township.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Sacred Ground and Famous Footsteps 9

2 A Railroad Builds a Town 13

3 Coming to America 19

4 Early Days 27

5 Neighborhood Views 39

6 Town on the Move 59

7 Rising Waters 75

8 Changing Scenes 83

9 Learn and Worship 89

10 Remembering Faces and Places 107

About the McKees Rocks Historical Society 127

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