This photograph shows the Carnegie family in Pittsburgh on the return of
Mr. Andrew Carnegie (front row, third from the left) and Mrs. Whitfield Carnegie
(front row, second from the left) from California en route to New York.
Pittsburgh was the first place of residence in the United States for the
12-year-old Andrew, when he arrived from Scotland along with his parents
Margaret and William, and his younger brother Tom. The family chose Pittsburgh,
since Margaret Carnegie's sisters were already living in the area. Pittsburgh
witnessed Carnegie's meteoric rise from bobbin boy on a cotton mill to a
telegraph operator, then to a railroad manager, then to a steel industry titan.
Over the years many other members of the extended family settled there as well.
Andrew Carnegie moved to New York City in 1867, but Pittsburgh has always
remained the site of his steel factories, and the recipient of many Carnegie benefactions.