The Ruins of Bethlehem

Bethlehem Steel made a ship a day during WWII, made cannons and shells, made the steel that built the Golden Gate Bridge, provide steel for rails and locomotives, and built much of America. It faltered and then folded in the 1990s. The equipment was shut down and the people that knew how to use it were sent away. This photo essay, one of several I found online, tells the story.

Part of the land is now a casino. Nothing is made there, but at least it brings in some money. The furnaces stand like pyramids, monuments to another time.

Once I built a railroad; now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
–Yip Harburg

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