by Geezer Power
Carrie Blast Furnaces Number 6 and 7 – declared a National Landmark in 2006. Located in Braddock/Rankin, across and upriver (the Monongahela) from Homestead, PA. Part of the steel making complex of Andrew Carnegie, which was sold to J.P. Morgan and became US Steel.
The steel industries, which were the backbone of the city, collapsed during the Raygun admistration in the early 1980’s, and today much of the old city is abandoned.
Settled in 1823, Bradford was chartered as a city in 1879 and emerged as a wild oil boomtown in the late 1800s. The area’s Pennsylvania Grade crude oil has superior qualities and is free of asphaltic constituents, contains only trace amounts of sulfur and nitrogen, and has excellent characteristics for refining into lubricants. World-famous Kendall racing oils were produced in Bradford. The refinery, bought out by American Refining Group, is the oldest continuously operating refinery in the United States. Bradford is also famous as the home for Case Knives and for Zippo lighters.