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Secrets of Donora’s Forgotten Cemetery

We tred carefully through the brambles, weeds, and bushes devouring a hillside cemetery in the north end of Donora, Pa. We step from one...

Donora Smog Event

Do You Know Any of These Donora Smog Victims?

Four people are sometimes listed as having perished in smog, but for many reasons finding definitive information on them has proven...

Donora History

Who Was William Donner, the Man?

Most people know Donner, if they know him at all, as the founder of Donora, a town with a name unlike any other in the world. They might...

Donora History

Is Andrew Posey Buried Here?

You can see the gravesite from the Stan "The Man" Musial Bridge, but you would find it unremarkable. It is an odd gravesite, sitting as it...

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Donora: The Birthplace of Clean Air

Donora, a riverside mill town in southwest Pennsylvania, suffered a prolonged bout of concentrated, toxic smog in late October 1948, during...

Donora Smog Event

Temperature Inversions and Deadly Smog

Common to all three tragedies were two key elements. First, large factories in each area had been spewing enormous amounts of pollutants...

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Donora’s Field of Dreams

Probably the most famous player to ever sprint down this field was the legendary Joseph "Joe Cool" Montana. Montana was unequivocally one...

Donora History

The 5th Street Stairs: A Sweet Story

On 5th Street now, between Prospect and Murray Avenues, there is a street-wide swath of grass with a set of stairs on either side. The...