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Oak Alley: 1938

Oak Alley: 1938

July 1938. "Workers' homes with steel plant along Monongahela River in background. Clairton Duquesne, Pennsylvania." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


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Yes, Duquesne

Rob Bender is correct. Note the third house up from the street below Oak Alley still has the sawtooth awning over the second-story window and the same old door a few feet up off the sidewalk. Spent over an hour the other day trying to find this location. Thanks Rob.

Miller Avenue Building

My great grandfather built a building at 638 Miller Avenue in Clairton in 1925. The building is still standing to this day. A 1953 Ford was stored in the rear garage from 1963 to 1992. I found out after the fact that the car was eventually sold.

His youngest son, who stored the 1953 Ford, built a building at 636 Miller Avenue and it is still standing today.

638 is on the right. 636 is in the middle. The building to the left of 636 has been torn down.


I tried to find an Oak Alley in Clairton near the steel mill, but the only one was further away from it. However, there is an Oak Alley in Duquesne near the river, where I presume their mill was. Also, the remaining buildings seem to match the ones in the photo:

Door to nowhere

I'm assuming that first door that leads straight down to the sidewalk is nailed shut. I hope so. There seems to be a small child on the other side of it.

Hard to Imagine

Trying to get up and down that hill in icy weather, on foot or in a car.

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