Bethlehem, PA – June 2018 – Steel Stacks

From 1915 until 1995 the Bethlehem Steel Works was one of the largest steel factories in America. As with much of the steel industry in America the facilities became aged and expensive and close.

Rather that tear the factory down Bethlehem took a novel approach and developed portions of it for a number of uses. Today their visitor center greets you as you arrive.

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Nearby they have added an amphitheater and the local PBS station.

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While next door are vacant buildings.

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The tallest stacks are over 200′ high.

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The entire facility is massive.

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Featuring a huge engine room.

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An elevated walkway parallels one side of the entire complex.

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It is always amazing how fast nature can take back over in inhospitable locations.

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At the south end are more vacant buildings along with a new Sands Casino – a bizarre mix.

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One last look at the vacant mill.

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And the nearby buildings.

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But some have been redeveloped into condos.

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