Meet the Heroic Docs of the Donora Smog Disaster of 1948
Get to know some of the physician-heroes of the Donora smog disaster of 1948.
Meet the Toxicologist Who Nailed the Smelter Industry After the Donora Smog
Who was Mary Amdur, and how does she relate to the Donora smog disaster?
Did US Steel Officials Know Dangers of Asbestos Used in Cement City?
Why were asbestos shingles used in Center City? Didn’t US Steel know the dangers?
The Unimaginable Grief of One Mon Valley Family in the early 1900s
Howard and Iva Dail Hart suffered more than their share of grief working and living in the Mon Valley many years ago, when life was brutally difficult.
How Thomas Edison’s Cement Contributed to Donora’s Storied History
The Wizard of Menlo Park helped ease a housing crisis in Donora.
What Donora’s Smog Plaque Gets Right … And Wrong
A prominent bronze plaque at the southern entrance to Donora honors smog victims…and then some.
Blasts (Furnaces) From the Past
Who was Opechancanough, and what did he have to do with blast furnaces in Donora?
Founder of Donora Biked ‘High’
Who was Prince Wells, and how did he get the great William Donner so blinkin’ high? William Henry Donner, founder of Donora, was an astute, no-nonsense businessman. He became business partners with some of the wealthiest men in history, including Henry Clay Frick and the Mellon brothers, Andrew and Thomas, owners of US Steel. He…
The Carnegie-Donora Connection, Part 2: Donner Vertically Integrates Donora Mills
The second part of two posts linking Donora’s founder with the industrial titan Andrew Carnegie.
The Carnegie-Donora Connection, Part 1: Frick Shows Carnegie Value of Vertical Integration
William Henry Donner, founder of Donora, was never a titan in the mold of Rockefeller, Carnegie, or the Mellon brothers were, but he learned a great deal from them all. Including how to build his mills in Donora.