"You probably scrapped millions of tons of once highly productive equipment that sold for pennies a pound."
Peter it seems like the past thirty years has seen most of Upstate NY scrapped. I know we did our share of it and on a good contract got $120/gross ton prepared and delivered to the smelter. If you netted $5/gross ton, then you did fine.
Haven't been back to Utica since I left in 1979. Lived there for twelve years and it's like a town you drove through after taking a wrong turn on a trip. You just don't care if you ever see it again.
You can have the UC beer, but I'll take an original set of Schultz and Dooley mugs any day.