Steel Industry

Featured here is my collection of steel industry drawings which honor the steelworkers and steel mills of western Pennsylvania which transformed the Pittsburgh region into the “Steel Capital of the World”. Scroll down the page and click on the exclusive edition of steel industry pen & ink architectural illustration thumbnail images below in order to see the enlarged detailed original version. The Steel City Artist watermark will not appear on your print(s) and each pen & ink illustration is personally signed and titled. The pen & ink architectural illustrations are available as archival giclee prints in the sizes featured below. The original steel industry illustrations are available for anyone to purchase who may be interested, which are professionally framed.

J & L Pittsburgh Works Steel Mill

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

J & L Pittsburgh Works Steel Mill

Pittsburgh, PA

Jones & Laughlin formed their steel enterprise in 1861 along the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The company first produced iron followed by the production of steel in 1886. The city of Pittsburgh skyline can be seen in the background of this illustration. My grandfather, John Filip worked in this steel mill for over forty years retiring as a blast furnace foreman.

Conway Yards

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

Conway Yards

Conway, PA

Conway Yards is the site of a major railroad classification yard and locomotive facility owned by Norfolk Southern and inherited from Conrail. The massive site was developed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and at one time was the world’s largest complex. In my hometown there is a bridge which leads from the main road down to the railroad tracks. I have many childhood memories of standing on that bridge with my father and brother watching the trains go by and skipping rocks down on the banks of the Ohio River. Engineers took great pride in driving those locomotives as they blared their horns passing from underneath. The sight of cabooses from the tail end of the train is a rare sight as well these days.

J & L Aliquippa Works Steel Mill

8×10
Giclee Print
$25.00
11×14
Giclee Print
$45.00

 

J & L Aliquippa Works Steel Mill

Aliquippa, PA

In 1905, the Jones & Laughlin steel company, known regionally as J & L opened a steel plant in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Ohio River. It was a sprawling mill which extended for a few miles from one end to the other. J & L provided the most able competition to its rival, Carnegie Steel Co. Employment at the facility once boomed with employment reaching nearly 27,000 in 1940. During the 1980’s, the mill closed with the collapse of the steel industry.

 

 

 

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