On Saturday, my husband and I had a chance to visit the Bethlehem Steel Stacks. I don’t think it was at all like I imagined.
Bethlehem Steel Corporation was America’s second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder. Their demise was an a significant illustration of the US economy shifting away from industrial manufacturing as we as its inability to compete with competitive foreign labor which ultimately led to the company’s bankruptcy in 2001.
Bethlehem Steel was largely responsible for ushering in the age of the skyscraper establishing Bethlehem Steel as the principal supplier of steel to the construction industry.
In the 1890’s the US decided to rebuild the United States Navy with steam-driven, steel-hulled warships reshaped Bethlehem Iron Company’s destiny.
The furnaces each produced 2,600-3,000 tons of iron per day. Producing one ton of iron requires 3,366 pounds of ore, 1,676 pounds of coke and 724 pounds of limestone
One interesting faq: Bethlehem Steel Produced the beams to create the Golden Gate Bridge!
Rather than demolish this iconic piece of history or let it fall apart, the community rallied to bring new life to the former industrial giant. Today, the former steel plant is once again thriving, this time as one of the ultimate destinations in the Northeast for the arts.
This past June a recently elevated walkway bridge was opened to allow visitors an up close and personal steel stack experience. The bridge is free to the public.
Today this area is host to many events full of arts and culture. Don’t forget to check out the website for any events at this site.
Plus many MANY more!