Duquesne, Pennsylvania

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Duquesne (pronounced /duːˈkeɪn/) is a city along the Monongahela River in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States and is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. The population was 7,332 at the 2000 census.



The borough of Duquesne was settled in 1789.[1] Duquesne was incorporated in 1891. Population in 1900, 9,036; in 1910, 15,727; in 1914 (US estimate), 18,576; in 1920, 19,011; in 1930, 21,000; and in 1940, 20,693.

Duquesne Works, a productive steel mill that was part of Carnegie Steel Corporation and later part of U.S. Steel, was the heart and soul of Duquesne during its brightest moments in the early 20th century; Duquesne was home to the largest blast furnace in the world named the "Dorothy Six" until it's abandonment; the city's population peaked in 1930, and deindustrialized beginning in the 1960s. Today a stark post-industrial landscape, Duquesne's residents (7,000) are less numerous than were the city's mill workers in 1948.[2] According to the McKeesport Daily News, Duquesne has the worst performing schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Duquesne was designated a financially distressed municipality in 1991 by the state.

Duquesne High School closed in 2007. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, Duquesne students have reported to West Mifflin Area High School, or East Allegheny High School. Since July 2007, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) has managed all academic and business operations of the Duquesne's K-8 school district.


Duquesne is located at 40°22′12″N 79°51′3″W / 40.37°N 79.85083°W / 40.37; -79.85083 (40.369969, -79.850957).[3] Duquesne is nestled along the Monongahela River approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of Pittsburgh.

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