Fort Frick Photography


I am a local Pittsburgh photographer.  Primarily, I focus on Pittsburgh Cityscapes, Churches, Industrial Photography, and the Homestead / Mon Valley area.    I have a particular fascination with Homestead, Pennsylvania as I grew up in the area, just as the Homestead Steel Works were closing down, and ultimately being demolished.  I enjoy reading almost any book I can find about the history of the Homestead.  In fact, the name ”Fort Frick” was chosen as a reference to the the town‘s history, and the events leading up to the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike (see below for a quick summary).  

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Jeffrey Bowser

What is “Fort Frick” a Reference to?

During the events leading up to “The Battle of Homestead” during the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike, Henry Clay Frick constructed a tall fence around the mill complete with with searchlights.  This was done to effectively lock out the striking workers, so that other non-union workers could be brought in, and to prevent any sabotage attempts by the strikers.  The residents of Homestead quickly dubbed the barricade “Fort Frick”.   To secure the ”Fort” and mill,  Henry Clay Frick hired over 300 Pinkertons, and they arrived on July 6, 1892 and were quickly greeted by the angry residents setting the stage for a violent encounter.  If you interested in reading more in depth I highly recommend the book “Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America” by Les Standiford.

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