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June 8, 2009

Entrance, Bethlehem Steel Plant
Entrance, Bethlehem Steel Plant (click photos to view at larger size)

Empty Lot and Towers, Bethlehem Plant
Empty Lot and Towers, Bethlehem Plant

These black-and-white pinhole photographs show how the iconic Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) steel plant — “The Steel” to those who worked there — appeared in 2005. The sprawling complex sat dark, rusting and abandoned behind chain link fencing.

The plant, which closed in 1998, had fueled the economic engines of the 20th Century, providing the ribs for battleships, skyscrapers, bridges and the interstate highway system. This year, part of the historic site has been developed into a Sands Casino and Resort.

While some of the lesser buildings have been bulldozed, the blast furnaces and several other core components remain. The Sands has said the tall furnaces will be repainted and illuminated with “architectural lighting.”

by Steve Rago

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  1. June 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I love the top one particularly – the double exposure effect makes the building look like some sort of ruined palace…

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