Granite City Steel, From State Street

State Street, what appears to have been the second of two major commercial streets along with Niedringhaus Avenue, is basically 100% vacant.  There are some stores converted to apartments.  But what is truly interesting about walking down the street is seeing how the U.S. Steel mill peeks out from behind the buildings.  In an era when factories are set in park-like settings, it’s interesting to see an industrial site so truly intertwined with the town in which it sits.

North City and Granite City 087

North City and Granite City 040

North City and Granite City 029

North City and Granite City 036

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Castro says:

    What happened to Granite City Steel?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Now owned by US Steel and still in operation.

  2. samizdat says:

    Scullin Steel on Manchester was sited much the same way as Granite: hard by the residential neighborhoods from which the workers came. The massive complex of buildings to the west–now mostly occupied by Major Brands (and only on the ‘first’ level)–is also an example of this. (I think it was American Foundry)I remember being a student at SLUH in my freshman year (’78), and taking the Manchester (76? 56?) bus to school. Passing by Scullin would bring in the odor of sulfur. Strangely enough, it was a working mill when the City kicked them out for the Marketplace fiasco.

    Must have been one hell of a noisy and smelly neighborhood sixty or so years ago.

    1. Jenn, South City says:

      I grew up in Granite City before the EPA made the mill clean up their emissions. The old story goes that just breathing the air back then was the eqivalent to smoking three packs of cigaretts a day.

      I remember asking my mother what was the terrible smell coming from the smokestacks all the time. All she said was, “A lot of bread and butter.”

  3. You should take part in a contest for one of
    the finest sites online. I’m going to recommend this website!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.