Safe Haven Denied at Allegheny Arsenal

Safe Haven Denied at Allegheny Arsenal (HMHEU)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Allegheny County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 27.895', W 79° 57.599'

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Great Railroad Strike of 1877

In the Great Strike of 1877, a labor dispute between workers and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company set off a popular uprising. Militiamen were called in to put down the strike and clashed with disgruntled citizens. On the second day of the conflict, the Philadelphia militia retreated eastward, pursued by angry Pittsburgh residents.

Fleeing the city, the troops sought refuge at the Allegheny US Arsenal, which once stood at this location. Looking for safe-haven and reinforcements, the troops were instead turned away by the Arsenal's commanding officer, who refused to shelter them from the furious crowd.

Left unaided, the troops retreated across the river to evade Pittsburgh's wrath. After the troop's flight, rioting continued for another day before dying down here, while conflict raged on in other cities throughout the country.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Howling Mob Society
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 588171 N 4479879
Decimal Degrees40.46491667, -79.95998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 27.895', W 79° 57.599'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 27' 53.70" N, 79° 57' 35.94" W
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Area Code(s)412
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3917-3953 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15224, US
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