Steubenville Steelworkers Memorial – Steubenville, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

Steubenville Steelworkers Memorial

Steubenville, Ohio

A larger than life statue of a steelworker keeps watch over a closed steel mill. 

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This memorial shows a heavily clad steelworker sampling molten steel. It was created in 1989 by artist Dimitrios Akis, and moved from its original location near State Route 7 and placed across the street from the Steubenville Library in 2015.

The memorial recalls the prosperous years of the the steel industry during the Second World War and the post-war era. The area’s steel industry has been in steady decline since the 1980s. Huge steel works in Steubenville and Weirton, West Virginia have been closed and demolished. 

Know Before You Go

The Steubenville steelworkers memorial can be easily reached by exiting State Route 7 from either the north or south direction. The memorial is at corner of State and Slack Streets in town. It is illuminated at night and is open year round.


The Weirton Steel mill is directly across the Ohio River from Steubenville. It can be reached by either of two bridges.  Its address is 1400-1582 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062. Parts of the old industrial complex are still undergoing demolition. Caution is advised. The site is closed to the public.