Handles used for raising and lowering the skimmers that divert slag to the slag pots when the blast furnace is tapped. For a full read on how a blast furnace works <a href=\”http://www.steel.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=How_Steel_is_Made&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=12305\”>check this link. </a>
Locker room, the personal spaces at Bethlehem such as the locker room are few and far between, and they are always in strange places, next to a welding room, or tucked behind the parts room. It is an industrial environment which didn\’t seem to bend to accomodate many comforts.
Clothes baskets, rather than lockers, were used in some of the shower rooms for hanging and containing the workers clothes and personal items while they were on shift, and while showering after their shift. They would load them up and pull on the cable to raise them to the ceiling out of the way.
The Carrie Furnaces, still standing along the Mon river. They are a relic of the Carnagie Steel era, and were the site of the standoff between the newly forming workers unions and the company, when the pinkerton security forces were called in to break up the strike by force. Latest news is that the furnaces […]
The massive blast furnaces at Bethelehem still remain today, and the plan is to preserve them in an industrial history museum, which will include rennovations to parts of the remaining building on the site. The #2 Machine Shop will house the exhibition part of the museum.
While walking around the Bethelehem Steel site, I am constantly aware of the layers of access that were in place when the plant was in operation, the company was divided in a multitude of shops for the different trades represented, and you weren\’t allowed to visit other areas of the plant unless it was part […]
#2 Machine Shop, at 1/3 of a mile long, was one of the largest machine shops in the world. Empty as it is now, it has the grandure of an abandoned cathedral, and the quiet and stillness is only broken by the sounds of the wind blowing through this vast room.