Pennsylvania September 18, 2020
An Abandoned Former WWII Factory Is Hiding In Pennsylvania, And It’s Fascinating
Have you ever been driving along a road and, maybe just out of the corner of your eye, you noticed an old building or series of buildings, decayed and pretty much forgotten? Have you ever wondered about the stories behind those old buildings? Some offer fascinating tales, providing a glimpse into history – like this now-abandoned World War II factory in Pennsylvania.
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The United States entered World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, more than two years after Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, signaling the start of the war.
With the U.S. now part of the war, companies were needed to manufacture critical supplies, including TNT that would be used overseas. One of those factories would be in Crawford County in Western Pennsylvania.
Several days after the bombing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer awarded a $45 million contract to Frasier-Brace Manufacturing to build a TNT factory not too far from Meadville. The factory sat on nearly 15,000 acres, mostly on farmland and swamp areas.
Keystone Ordnance Works opened in September 1942, less than a year after construction began on the factory. More than 8,000 Western Pennsylvanians, including those from as far away as Pittsburgh, worked at the factory during its heyday.
The factory’s rapid response to the need for TNT meant they produced sufficient supplies of their product. In fact, their response was so efficient that the military had more explosives than it needed.
Less than a year after it opened, Keystone Ordnance Works shut down in February 1944. Although it reopened during the summer of 1944, it was only temporary.
Throughout the years, the buildings have been used for different purposes. However, today, many sit abandoned and forgotten to time, with curiosity seekers filming footage with drones and snapping photos.
Before attempting to visit the site of the former Keystone Ordnance Works, contact officials with Crawford County to see if you need permission. If you do, make sure you get it before venturing near the abandoned factory.
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11 photos taken in Pennsylvania during World War II. Address: Meadville, PA 16335, USA