The Steel Stacks

So this isn’t exactly something that I’ve done, but Bethlehem has a rich history that I thought was pretty interesting, so I’ve decided to share it.

One of the most notable landmarks we have here are the steel stacks, those tall, old, and rusted furnaces and smoke stacks. Although it’s decadent and useless for anything but sightseeing now, it once was America’s second largest creator of steel.

Some things you might not have known:

  1. The steel for the golden gate bridge was provided by Bethlehem Steel.
  2. At the peak of the WWII, the plant was creating enough steel to create one battleship a day.

So how did such a large steel provider disappear into nothingness less than 50 years ago? A combination of foreign industries, a shift away from steel and into polymers and alloys and poor long term decisions by the management. And while it’s no longer active today, it’s nice to think back to how different things were within just the last 100 years.



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