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Bethlehem Blast Furnaces

Bethlehem Blast Furnaces
Made by jeffs4653
The Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1857–2003), based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once the second-largest steel producer in the United States. After a decline in the U.S. steel industry and management problems leading to the company's 2001 bankruptcy, the company was dissolved. The site of the company's former main plant, in Bethlehem, PA, is now home to an arts and entertainment district. The plant's 5 blast furnaces have been left standing and serve as the back drop for this new campus. A blast furnace is a type of metallurgical furnace used for smelting to produce industrial metals, generally iron. In a blast furnace, fuel and ore are continuously supplied through the top of the furnace, while air (sometimes with oxygen enrichment) is blown into the bottom of the chamber, so that the chemical reactions take place throughout the furnace as the material moves downward. The end products are usually molten metal and slag phases tapped from the bottom, and flue gases exiting from the top of the furnace. During the company's heyday, steel for the following structures was manufactured here: Bridges: George Washington Bridge Golden Gate Bridge Buildings: Chrysler Building Madison Square Garden Rockefeller Center Alcatraz Island Dams: Bonneville Dam Grand Coulee Dam Hoover Dam

Silenced Industrial Giant

Silenced Industrial Giant
Made by RiddimRyder
Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1857–2003), based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once the second-largest steel producer in the United States, after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel. After a decline in the U.S. steel industry and management problems leading to the company's 2001 bankruptcy, the company was dissolved and the remaining assets sold to International Steel Group in 2003. In 2005, ISG merged with Mittal Steel, ending U.S. ownership of the assets of Bethlehem Steel. Bethlehem Steel was also one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world and one of the most powerful symbols of American industrial manufacturing leadership. Bethlehem Steel's demise is often cited as one of the most prominent examples of the U.S. economy's shift away from industrial manufacturing, its inability to compete with cheap foreign labor, and its traits of business management that value short-term benefit over long-term strategy. Transformers 2 was filmed here!

Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort 21

Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort 21
Made by bigpistol
In December of 2006, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVSC) was awarded a Category 2 Slot Machine License by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. LVSC was thrilled and quickly started working on the site categorized as both the largest Brownfield redevelopment project in the nation and the largest casino development investment made to date in the Commonwealth. At a projected cost of $743 million, the historic Bethlehem Steel plant is now being transformed into a fully integrated resort consisting of 3,000 slot machines, over 300 luxury hotel rooms, 9 restaurants, 200,000 square feet of premium retail outlet shopping, and 46,000 square feet of flexible multi-purpose space. When completed, the property, which is now known as Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, is sure to become a major attraction in the region. www.pasands.com/default.aspx

February_Photo Amy

February_Photo Amy
Made by Photo Amy
Real Title: The Sun Sets on the Steel Bethlehem, PA was the home of Bethlehem Steel, one of the largest steel companies in America during most of the 20th century. Billy Joel's song, Allentown is really about Bethlehem and The Steel closing down. There is a revitalization effort going on in Bethlehem to use the brownfields that were left when things shut down. A part of the previous Bethlehem Steel property has become a casino and will eventually have shops and a hotel...and the part in this picture will become an Arts Center, the SteelStacks.

10-10-24-3717-2087hdre

10-10-24-3717-2087hdre
Made by dustin.farnum
Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Built 1857 originally Saucona Iron Company changed it's name to Bethlehem Steel Company in 1899. Closed 2003, now a casino, The Sands. The steel from this company contributed to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the George Washington Bridge, and many WW2 war ships specifically the large guns. HDR, one exposure from RAW. Qtpfsgui 1.9.3 tonemapping parameters: Operator: Mantiuk - default settings Operator: Fattal - default settings Levels Adjusted & Combined.

Bethlehem Steel sign

Bethlehem Steel sign
Made by joseph a
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania I have noticed this logo on older exposed steel beams and possibly railroad tracks. Bethlehem Steel was second only to Pittsburgh-based US Steel in American steel production, owning close to ten mills at its peak. The company was also the country's largest shipbuilder and a major supplier during World War II. It was a symbol of American industrial strength, and this mill was its flagship. However, as a sign of the economic times, the Bethlehem plant closed in 1995, and the company went bankrupt in 2003.

light in the shed

light in the shed
Made by Eric Totherow
SEPTEMBER 16, 2006 – BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, USA – Interior of an old rusted shed near the blast furnaces of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA). The light fixture ceased working long ago and now the interior space is illuminated only by a hole in the roof. -- PHOTO BY ERIC TOTHEROW This photo is available for publication or other purposes. Please contact me for more information through Flickr Mail or directly via email at totherow@gmail.com.

Bethlehem Steel / Transformers 2 [3]

Bethlehem Steel / Transformers 2 [3]
Made by robotbrainz
Part of Transformers 2 is being filmed at the Steel. The lighting crews did a pretty awesome job! I got yelled at by a security guard for taking photos from the street... she 'called the cops'; whatever, I was on public property. Anyway, the car in the shot then drove through and started talking to her... so I went back for a better shot :) I wrote a blog about Photographers' Rights, which includes some useful links!

inside a blast furnace

inside a blast furnace
Made by Eric Totherow
SEPTEMBER 16, 2006 – BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, USA – Insulation bricks of a blast furnace have developed striking colors after having been exposed to the elements for years. These bricks were found in a blast furnace of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA). -- PHOTO BY ERIC TOTHEROW This photo is available for publication or other purposes. Please contact me for more information through Flickr Mail or directly via email at totherow@gmail.com.

blower engine oil pump

blower engine oil pump
Made by Eric Totherow
SEPTEMBER 16, 2006 – BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, USA – A close view of an oil pump mounted to the outside of a massive blower engine which supplied air to the blast furnaces in Bethlehem steel. After eleven years of disuse, the pump has begun to rust in place. -- PHOTO BY ERIC TOTHEROW This photo is available for publication or other purposes. Please contact me for more information through Flickr Mail or directly via email at totherow@gmail.com.

three blue boxes

three blue boxes
Made by Eric Totherow
SEPTEMBER 16, 2006 – BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, USA – Three blue electrical boxes which have sat undisturbed for years deep within the blast furnace structure of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA). -- PHOTO BY ERIC TOTHEROW This photo is available for publication or other purposes. Please contact me for more information through Flickr Mail or directly via email at totherow@gmail.com.

Iron Giants

Iron Giants
Made by jeffs4653
One of the blast furnaces at the old Bethlehem Steelworks. The casting house is off to the left of the furnace, where molten pig-iron would be tapped from the furnace and cast into ingots. Pig-iron would be later refined into steel. This area was under construction and restoration into what appeared to be a park-like setting, and it looked as if one day you would be able to walk right up to the furnace.

SteelStacks

SteelStacks
Made by Lehigh Valley, PA
Discover Lehigh Valley went on a private tour of the new SteelStacks grounds today. The space is amazing, and there will be concerts year-round, indoor and out at this beautiful facility. Visit www.steelstacks.org for more information. Discover Lehigh Valley

working under natural light

working under natural light
Made by gsgeorge
Soft light streaming through industrial panes bathes the massive machines in the gas engine blowing house of Bethlehem Steel Works. The configuration allowed workers to do their jobs without the aid of artificial lamps -- and further reduced the need for wiring and fixtures placed high in the trusswork that would need to be periodically replaced. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

10-10-24-3782-8798hdre

10-10-24-3782-8798hdre
Made by dustin.farnum
Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Built 1857 originally Saucona Iron Company changed it's name to Bethlehem Steel Company in 1899. Closed 2003, now a casino, The Sands. The steel from this company contributed to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the George Washington Bridge, and many WW2 war ships specifically the large guns.

10-10-24-3716hdre

10-10-24-3716hdre
Made by dustin.farnum
Stone wall with bricks and stones. If a wall could talk, this one would be interesting to listen to. Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. HDR, one exposure from RAW. Qtpfsgui 1.9.3 tonemapping parameters: Operator: Mantiuk - default settings Operator: Fattal - default settings Levels Adjusted & Combined.



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casino vs. historic steel mll :: bethlehem, pa some parts of the redevelopment promised to the town by the casino have been put on hold due to the economic situation. casino construction however, continues. the no.2 machine shop on the right, was the largest industrial building in the world at the time of its construction.

Running Deer

Running Deer
Made by Aubrey Collins
I had noticed the tracks earlier, but I was still surprised when I walked up on them. Of course they were running by the time I remembered I had a camera. This picture is like a collision between what is urban and what is rural. Even the hill behind US Cold Storage has the power lines parting it's Autumn foliage.

roadtrip: bethlehem

roadtrip: bethlehem
Made by jana shea
last remaining blast furnaces of Bethlehem Steel. my great-great-grandfather, James Shea worked as a furnace man here after immigrating to the US from Ireland. he died at the age of 40 from lung disease, leaviing behind a young wife and 9 children (the youngest not yet a year old).

first love

first love
Made by twoeightnine
south side, bethlehem, pennsylvania on black came across this trailer in the bethlehem steel lot on the south side of bethlehem. growing up my neighbor worked for the genesee brewery so my dad always had genny in the fridge.



Nearest places of interest:

Sands parking garage
Ore Yard
Site of the basic oxygen furnace (BOF)
Norfolk Southern Saucon Yard
  Bethlehem Square Shopping Center
Northampton Community College
Weldment Department
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley

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