This article was researched and written by PA Room volunteer Paul Davis. Thanks to Paul for contributing!
Fayette County has a prominent industrial history and has long been synonymous with the coal boom of the 19th and early 20th century. Growing up, I remember my mother telling me that Uniontown had contained a large number of millionaires; in 1907, at least 13 called the city home and their wealth grew out of the mining industry.[i] Today, coal is still at the root of what the locals remember as “the good old days.” However, before mining played its hand in our area’s history, another industry thrived in Fayette County: iron-making.