The Deadly History Of This Town Near Pittsburgh Is Terrifying But True

Unspeakable tragedy struck the town of Donora, just 24 miles from Pittsburgh, one late October day in 1948. For many, that day started as it always had: Leaving home – on the way to work, to school, or elsewhere – in the smog. But, as survivors have told over the years, something was frighteningly different that day.

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The town of Donora, just outside of Pittsburgh, showed the world that good can, indeed, come out of unspeakable tragedy. Discover even more of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s rich history with a glimpse at these vintage photos of the steel industry in Pittsburgh.