I’ve been taking a lot pictures in recent weeks at Bethlehem Works, the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA. The historic plant was closed in 1995, after producing steel for roughly 140 years. Bethlehem Steel was once the number 2 producer of steel in the United States. The 160 acre site is currently in the midst of a remarkable transformation to multi-use site that includes new buildings and original structures from the plant which will be used for cultural, recreational, educational, entertainment and retail development.
It is quite awe inspiring to walk around the grounds of the former Industrial Giant. The mighty Bethlehem Steel produced steel that was used to construct some of the most iconic structures, buildings and bridges in the country, including the following:
The Golden Gate Bridge
The George Washington Bridge
The Hoover Dam
The Lincoln Tunnel
The Chrysler Building
During both World War I and II Bethlehem Steel played a critical role in the war effort, producing munitions, parts for aircraft and the steel that was necessary to build over 1,000 warships for the U.S. Navy.
I have selected a few my favorite pictures and applied the Snapseed HDR filter to them.
This summer a 2,000 ft pedestrian walkway modeled on The Highline in New York City was opened. The Walkway is called the Hoover Mason Trestle and it was built on top of an elevated railway that was used transport iron ore to the blast furnaces.