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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh > Heppenstall Forge and Knife Co.
Heppenstall Forge and Knife Co.
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created by southsideshutterbug on 2/28/2006 12:49 AM
last modified by Soldat on 4/17/2009 9:00 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: RIDC
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  •  Interesting Features
    Machinery. Graffiti. Locker rooms.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1904
    Closed: 0
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  • long pants / sleeves
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    In January 1904, the Pittsburgh Shear Knife and Machine Co. was reorganized under the name of Heppenstall Forge and Knife Co. This factory revolutionized shear knives by creating a product with four cutting edges. During World War II, Heppenstall was designated by the Department of Energy as an "AWE" site where atomic weapon employees processed, produced, or handled materials for nuclear weapons. Vintage propaganda posters created by the facility state: "If you worked as hard and fast as a Jap we'd smash Tokio a lot quicker", "A nazi is smart ... he invents new ways to save time and raw materials: it's you against him.", and "Why should I work any harder? I'm not fighting the war!"

    The large 14 acre site in neatly, secretly tucked within six city blocks as the neighborhood flexes around the old factory. Although mostly an industrial ghost town, the vacant buildings serve as a canvas for talented local graffiti artists.
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    Tue, Feb 28th, 2006
    posted by southsideshutterbug
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 4/19/2009 5:46 AM.

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  • on Apr 19 09 at 5:46, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 17 09 at 21:00, Soldat changed the following: Status
  • on Feb 28 06 at 0:58, southsideshutterbug made this location available
  • on Feb 28 06 at 0:55, southsideshutterbug updated gallery Heppenstall
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