Bethlehem, PA is a city with a rich history. From the indigenous people who made their home here to the Moravians who settled here later, you can find stories about the past all over town. Industry became an important factor in the formation of Bethlehem as we know it today. A big part of our city’s history is the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Bethlehem Steel was the backbone of the city until its decline, and its legacy lives on in many ways. To get more familiar with the company and the influence it’s had on the city and its people, then we suggest taking on of the Bethlehem Steel tours that are now offered. With these walking tours, you’ll get a bit of an education and you might just see the Christmas City in a different light.
About Bethlehem Steel
Founded in 1857, Bethlehem Steel was once the second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder in the United States. Together with the subsidiary company, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Bethlehem Steel was a powerful example of the American industrial manufacturing sector. During World War I and World War II, Bethlehem Steel made armor plate and large-caliber guns for the US military. The company also made the steel sections of the Golden Gate Bridge. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s production decline and the steel plant closed and officially became defunct in 2003. Today the campus of the plant is home to the SteelStacks and the Sands Bethlehem Casino.
Bethlehem Steel Tours
There are two different walking Bethlehem Steel tours offered and each will let you get familiar with the history of Bethlehem and Bethlehem Steel’s place in that history.
Steelwalkers Walking Tours
Steelwalkers Walking Tours will put you in the shoes of a steelworker to experience what an average day working for Bethlehem Steel might be like. You’ll find out about the excitement and danger of the job, learn how the blast furnaces worked and hear some fascinating stories that you won’t hear elsewhere. These Bethlehem Steel tours also include question and answer sessions with an experienced steelworker.
The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Walking Tour
On the Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Walking Tour, a trained guide will make you more familiar with the different parts of the plant. You’ll also get to learn about the blast furnaces why the steelworkers needed brass checks to enter the gate each morning.
Where to Stay for Bethlehem Steel Tours
When you’re making your plans to take one of the Bethlehem Steel tours, be sure to book your stay at Sayre Mansion. Much like Bethlehem Steel, our 1858 mansion has a prominent place in the history of our fair city. Our rooms and suites have timeless elegance as well as modern amenities that will keep you comfortable during your time with us. And if you need tips on where to go and what to see during your stay, or help with anything else, our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you. Each morning you will be treated to a full delicious breakfast, so you will have the energy to greet the day and all it has in store for you. For a memorable getaway to Bethlehem, you won’t find a better place to stay than the Sayre Mansion. We can’t wait to see you soon!