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Pgh. from Brownsville Ave. & Gray Road (now William Street), Knox School on right

The development of Pittsburgh, and its neighborhoods was driven by the tremendous growth of the manufacturing of iron and steel, as well other forms of industry in the 19th century. The prominence of industry to the region was marked by one writer, who in 1896, referred to Pittsburgh as the “Workshop of the World.” It was under the shadow of industry that Pittsburgh gained world prominence, and a city grew.

The growth of Pittsburgh, as well as neighboring communities such as Braddock, Homestead, Duquesne and McKeesport, were the result of the industrial growth. Steel, and related industries, created vibrant commercial and residential districts in the shadow of the mills in towns up and down the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny rivers. This collection includes photos, albums, booklets, trade catalogs, sheet music and journals that document the growth and success of the region at the turn of the century.

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