Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Donora at a Glance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Donora at a Glance

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Website:http://donoraboro.org

Inside out: Donora is the birthplace of baseball players Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. It was incorporated in 1901 and named after businessman William Donner, who founded American Steel and Wire Co., and Nora Mellon, wife of Andrew W. Mellon.

Flourishing industries along the Monongahela River included coal, steel and wire-making. Rapid growth prompted American Steel and Wire to build housing that could be constructed quickly and inexpensively. More than 80 homes were built from concrete with cast-iron molds designed by Thomas Edison. Today, the Cement City neighborhood is a National Historic Landmark, the second largest of its kind in the nation.

In October 1948, 14,000 residents were sickened when factory emissions filled with dangerous pollutants and poisonous gases became trapped in a temperature inversion so severe the town became dark during the day. …

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