Pennsylvania Steel Works, circa 1880.
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General view of the Pennsylvania Steel Works.

Credit: From Egle, William H., History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1883. Image courtesy of Accessible Archives

In 1867, the Pennsylvania Steel Works, just south of Harrisburg, PA., produced its first steel ingots, which it shipped to the Cambria Works in Johnstown for conversion into steel rails for the Pennsylvania Railroad. When the Pennsylvania Steel Works began to make rails in 1868, it became the first facility in the United States whose main purpose was the production of steel.

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