Clairton -Searching for Dream Street
A woman crosses the street in front of the former Steel Town Appliances building in downtown Clairton, Pa.
Clairton is a city in Allegheny County, Pa., along the Monongahela River. Clairton is home to The United States Steel Clairton Works, the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States. The plant carbonizes coal to make coke, a fuel necessary to make steel.
When the Clairton Coke Works employed 5,000 workers and ran three shifts, Clairton had three movie theaters and four car dealerships. Now the plant employs 1,300 workers and residents must drive five miles out of town to buy food since there is no longer a grocery store in town.