A view of the Cambria Steel Works and the East End of Johnstown, PA., circa 1910.
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View of the East End of Johnstown, Cambria City, Pa.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

The City of Johnstown grew up around the Cambria Iron Works and Steel Works. Cambria produced the nation's first Bessemer Steel, and in 1867 made the first steel rails "for a regular commercial order." By1890 the Cambria mills employed more than 7,000 workers and spread out over 13 miles along the Conemaugh, Little Conemaugh, and Stonycreek Rivers.

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