Abandoned Communities

Community / Pennsylvania

A gallery of abandoned or neglected communities in the United States.

Clairton, Pennsylvania

Clairton was incorporated on April 12, 1903, and was centered around Clairton Works, the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States. The production of coke was vital for the pig iron blast furnaces that produced steel throughout the region. The population of the Clairton peaked at nearly 20,000 residents in 1950s but a catastrophic collapse of the domestic steel industry caused the town to be declared economically stressed in 1988.

McKeesport, Pennsylvania

McKeesport, established in 1795, remained a small village until 1830 when coal mining began in the region. The town steadily grew to peak at 55,000 residents in 1940 during a time when National Tube Works dominated the local industry. The decline and eventual closure of National Tube and other steel plants in the area, along with a massive fire that destroyed a significant portion of downtown in 1976, led to McKeesport’s population to collapse to under 20,000 by 2010.