By Nathan L. Walls

Bethlehem Steel Stacks

First Ave. Bethlehem Steel Complex First Ave. Bethlehem Steel Complex
Furnace Stacks/Bethlehem Furnace Stacks/Bethlehem

As a first since moving to Lehigh Valley area vs. visiting, I took a chunk of the President’s Day morning to walk around the Bethlehem Steel Stacks, what was the core of Bethlehem Steel. While the Hoover-Mason Trestle elevated walkway was closed due to snow, walking around at street level was plenty.

The warmer seasons are definitely busier here, but circling a decent chunk of the complex at street level was fairly pleasant.

My father-in-law worked at Bethlehem Steel before its closing. I am continually amazed at the scale of operation here, what work might have been like, and how, nearly 30-years after plant closure, just how much of South-side Bethlehem is occupied by parts of the plant.