1863: The Bethlehem Iron Company, originally founded as the Saucona Iron Company in 1857, opens on this site and makes the first iron rails for the local railroad.
1873: In October, the first steel (for steel rails) is produced on the site.
1899: The Bethlehem Steel Company is established.
1904: The Bethlehem Steel Corporation is officially formed.
1916: Bethlehem Steel becomes the nation’s No. 2 steel manufacturer behind U.S. Steel.
1930: The Chrysler Building in New York (the world’s tallest building for 11 months) is completed. Bethlehem Steel’s wide-flange beams developed two decades earlier, made the skyscraper era possible.
1937: The Golden Gate Bridge is completed. Bethlehem Steel is an integral part of the 83,000 tons of steel used in the project.
1943: More than 31,000 people – an all-time high - work at the Bethlehem plant.
1968: Madison Square Garden in New York City opens with a salute to the USO starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. In 1966, Bethlehem Steel started producing steel used in the construction of the famous arena.
1995: The Bethlehem plant closes, marking first time in more than 120 years that steel is not made on the site.
2012: The new Bethlehem Visitor Center, located in the 1863 Stock House – the oldest building on the SteelStacks site – opens in October.

SOURCES

"Forging America: The Story of Bethlehem Steel," The Morning Call Souvenir History Book of The Borough of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Madison Square Garden

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