July 11, 2005

Bethlehem Steel 1

POST #    1789

Saturday afternoon, I made a quick stop by the old Bethlehem Steel facilities on my way home. Steel production at Bethlehem Steel ended on November 18, 1995 after almost 140 years and now the site is mostly unused, waiting to be developed. Plans include a possible slot machine casino and an industrial park.

It would truly be a shame for it to be totally torn down. Steel produced at Bethlehem Steel is used in several of America's prominent landmarks and much of the New York skyline. For example, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, and it contributed significantly to the US effort in World War II.

More information:
- Bethlehem Steel 2
- The Morning Call - Forging America: The Story of Bethlehem Steel
- Bethlehem, PA Online - The Way We Were
- Archaeology.org - A Mill that Shaped a Nation
- SIA Fall tour of Bethlehem Steel
- Jim Frizzell's photos
- Shaun O'Boyle's photos

Posted by tien mao in Photos at 7:26 AM




Posted by: janelle at July 11, 2005 10:18 AM

damn, that's great stuff.

Posted by: rion at July 11, 2005 1:55 PM

So, there hasn't been a movement to preserve it - like, build the casino within the structure? Employees would be dressed up like old steelworkers?

Posted by: Jen at July 11, 2005 4:02 PM

there is a movement, but i think the new owners have solicited bids for the site. there was previously talk about having some of the site preserved, but i'm not sure how that's doing.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 11, 2005 5:13 PM

nice pictures, yay bigger!
slot machines are eeeevil.

Posted by: yp at July 11, 2005 9:21 PM

This is what I missed because you wouldn't stop here 4th of July weekend?! Arghs. That's it, Tien.

Posted by: Adam [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2005 8:01 AM

just gorgeous. Great photos.

Posted by: Jon at July 13, 2005 4:41 PM

Wow - it would be such a shame for this to be torn down. There's a similar derelict sugar factory along the Hudson near Tarrytown but this is even more beautiful.

Posted by: Emily at July 14, 2005 12:40 AM

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