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America's Industrial Heritage Project

In 1985, the National Park Service (NPS) completed and submitted to Congress a study entitled Reconnaissance Survey of Western Pennsylvania Roads and Sites. The study proposed federal recognition of the region's significant cultural and natural resoures retlated to coal mining, iron and steelmaking, transportation, and related industrial themes, and promotion of a greater appreciation of their importance to the nation's past and present. Congress directed the NPS to make a more detailed study of the region's resources and develop a program to implement the concepts embodied in the study. Thus the America's Industrial Heritage Project (AIHP) was begun.


Subsequent studies showed that there are significant resources related to the history of America's industrial growth in southwestern Pennsylvania. Their preservation will ensure that an important element in our nation's history will be preserved for this and future generations, and also provide a boost for the area's economy in terms of tourism.

In this section we celebrate those projects brought to a successful conclusion by the ECHF and its partners.

As with virtually all efforts of large scope, numerous details and difficulties had to be addressed and overcome in each of the projects. We hope to provide an appreciation of the cultural significance of each project, its cost and how the various participants interacted to achieve a successful outcome. Where possible, historic details are provided to explain the impact the facility once had on life of local miners, their families, and the general community.

If your interest extends to the more technical aspects of the design or development of cultural heritage projects, we'll strive to provide more detailed information about the levels of effort involved, the array of details that had to be addressed, and perhaps some hints on how to avoid some of the harsher "lessons learned" in each project.