Special Note: This project, to photograph original Carnegie Libraries in Western Pennsylvania, has just begun. More photographs will be added to this page, when they are ready.
The first three photographs show the Library entrance. Photographs 4 and 5 show the Music Hall entrance. Photograph 6 is an aerial view of the Borough of Braddock, showing the Edgar Thomson Works immediately behind the Braddock Locks(on the Monongahela River).
Photographs 1 and 2 show the Library entrance to the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Photograph 3 shows the whole building, from Kennedy Park. Photograph 4 shows the Music Hall entrance. Photograph 5 shows the entrance to the Athletic Club, which includes a gymnasium and a swimming pool(until recently, only members of one sex could swim at any one time, as there was only one locker room for the swimming pool; a second locker room has now been provided).
Photographs 6, 7, and 8 feature actor Allen Nesvisky portraying Andrew Carnegie, during the Centennial celebration of the Carnegie Library of Homestead; Mr. Nesvisky is affiliated with the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, operated by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Photograph 6 shows Andrew Carnegie arriving at the Homestead railroad station, as he did one hundred years earlier. Photograph 7 shows the carriage, with Andrew Carnegie, proceeding from the railroad station to the Library; the parade went through the Homestead business district. Photograph 8 shows Andrew Carnegie unveiling the Centennial Rededication Plaque at the Library entrance; the present Library Board President(man in top hat) looks on.
Photograph 9 shows a miniature replica of the Homestead railroad station on the platform of the popular Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The Homestead railroad station, which still exists, is in the borough's business district, close to what-was the main entrance to the Carnegie Steel Company's Homestead Steel Works(which has been razed). This railroad station is situated between, and served, two railroad main lines: the Pennsylvania Railroad(later Penn-Central, ConRail, and now Norfolk-Southern) and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, part of the New York Central System(this main line is now owned by CSX Transportation). The railroad station building is now being transformed into a restaurant.
Photographs 10 and 11 show scenes in Kennedy Park, located in front of the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Photograph 10 shows the World War I Memorial; Photograph 11 shows a gazebo.
Photograph 12 shows an historical marker, erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, showing the location on the Monongahela River where Pinkerton Detectives landed at the, then, location of Carnegie Steel's Homestead Works, to attempt to end the Homestead Strike of 1892.
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Library Legally Established 100 Years Ago by Andrew Carnegie.