Recently, my best friend asked me how come the Hot Metal Bridge got its name. Well those South Side People know emphatically it is because hot metal was transported across the river on this bridge. Lots of memories from the mill only a block from my house: rust on the clothes hung in the back yard, sulfur laden skies and breathing that stuff on my way to school, literally floods of men changing shifts at 8am, 4pm and midnight. The Pittsburgh Mercantile, the local mill store, where laborers could charge things to their account.
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