“Any One Station” tells the story of the deep history of California’s entrepreneurship, but one that also embodies many of the political, economic, and racial struggles of the modern American West.
As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.
Taylor Ray Amos never seriously considered making his living off of anything but tobacco. Growing up in the southeastern fields of Franklin County, Virginia, it was all around him, a craft and a lifestyle passed down through both sides of his family tree.
It has been called The Motor City, The D and Motown. Detroit has a long history of pride and struggle that is palpable from the moment you arrive. A drive through the city is a visual reminder of its past. The Renaissance Center, a substantial piece of the Detroit skyline, was a symbol for progress and growth in the 70s, a dream that Henry Ford II believed would help continue Detroit’s ticket to prosperity.
Monessen was created by steel magnates who built mills along the Monongahela. By 1930, more than 20,000 people lived in Monessen. Workers here made steel for Chrysler cars and cables for the Golden Gate Bridge.
Clairton, a city in Allegheny County, Pa., along the Monongahela River, is home to the United States Steel Clairton Works, the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States. The city is still trying to recover from the decline of the steel industry.
Rural American towns fight to stay alive every day. Santa Rosa, a town of nearly 2,800, is hanging by threads as the community fights to resurrect the economy and the youth flee to discover the bigger cities in hopes for something more.
Braddock, a city in Allegheny County, Pa., along the Monongahela River, is home to the United States Edgar Thompson Works. The city is still trying to recover from the decline of the steel industry.
Searching for Dream Street – Rankin The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, a sprawling 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river. They produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978 when they were closed. While the majority of the site was razed for a shopping center, …
The suburban towns along its iconic three rivers, helped make Pittsburgh an industrial powerhouse, driven by an influx of foreign-born workers at the turn of the 20th century. Immigrants filled jobs in the mills, where steel was forged for the aircraft and battleships that helped win two world wars.
But as you drive through these towns today, it’s clear they have been largely forgotten. Once bustling shopping corridors are all but empty. The company homes where mill workers raised their families are showing their age, and residents still reminisce about the “good old days” before the mills shuttered.
In 1909, Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation (J&L), which already had a mill on the south side of Pittsburgh, wanted to expand, so it purchased land along the Ohio River near the town of Woodlawn about 25 miles downriver from Pittsburgh. The company expanded the town, building homes and businesses to accommodate the workers of what would become the largest steel mill in the world, stretching for 7 miles along the riverfront.