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McKeesport Heritage Center

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McKeesport Heritage Center

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Location Details

PHONE: 412-678-1832
ADDRESS: 1832 Arboretum Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
HOURS: Tues-Th, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9am-3pm; or by appointment; Ring Door Bell
COST: donations accepted

Description

They didn’t call McKeesport “Tube City” for nothing. From 1871 to 1987, McKeesport was home to National Tube Works, one of the world’s largest producers of iron and steel pipe. It became a division of U.S. Steel in 1901. Weekdays, McKeesport’s modest population of 55,000 would swell as workers from surrounding communities arrived to punch the clock at National Tube, specialty steelmaker Firth Sterling, or any number of other local firms.

Paying tribute to this industrial town’s past is now the job of the McKeesport Heritage Center. For 30 years, the Center has collection historic photographs and memorabilia, amassing (on microfilm) every issue of the McKeesport Daily News since 1884, and accumulating local cemetery records and copies of the Allegheny County Census from 1790 to 1920.

The Center is home to a mural about steel, displays on life in McKeesport, a scale model of the National Tube works, a blast furnace replica, and a restored 1832 schoolhouse. Genealogy enthusiasts are encouraged to trace their roots through the Center’s scrapbooks, photos, and directories. Since opening its doors, membership has grown from 35 to more than 1,300.

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