Johnstown Industry

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania, still stands today as one of the most significant sites in United States industrial and economic history. Known mostly for the disastrous flood of 1889, Johnstown was also a birthplace and powerhouse of iron, steel, coal, and transportation. From its early start as a small community on the fringes of the frontier, the town became an important terminus for the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal and an early site for coal and ore mining. It also grew into a major steel and iron producer renowned around the world for its output, know-how, and quality. At one time, Johnstown’s industry helped spur the national drive to become an economic and industrial superpower.
ISBN: 9781467106627
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 158
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Joshua M. Penrod, PhD, is a native of Johnstown and still resides in the area. He holds a doctorate in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech. He drew on substantial photographic records of the area held by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the Library of Congress, Hagley Library, and others in order to showcase the industrial enterprise in Johnstown.
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