One of our favorite things to do when searching for an amazing place to travel is going to a location that has the combination of scenery, history, and walking areas. We found all of that and more in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania, and especially Bethlehem, was a very booming center of trade and industry during the industrial revolution in the United States. Bethlehem was actually the second-largest steel producer in Pennsylvania and was a leader in the American manufacturing leadership. It should also be known that Bethlehem Steel also created the “I-beam” and was utilized in skyscrapers, some of which were used in New York and other major cities. The company was also a major supplier in both World Wars of armor plates and manufactured 1,100 warships. Bethlehem Steel ran from 1857 to 2003.
When you walk through the Steel Stacks, you are literally walking through history. On the different parts of the walk ways, you can see areas where the workers at various different time periods etched their names into the metal. When you look at the historical context of this, it like a letter to the future, and when we look at how these individuals changed American history and even efforts in the World Wars, you have to look back and feel grateful for what these people worked hard for.
In addition to the Steel Stacks, there are so many other opportunities to explore in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. If you want a more in depth historical overview of Bethlehem The National Museum of Industrial History is an amazing place to visit. The town also has a great shopping district, casino (Wind Creek Bethlehem), Musikfest, and Christkindlmarkt one of the best holiday markets in the U.S.
Let me know in the comments if you have also visited Bethlehem Pennsylvania, and what you thought of it. Also remember to click that subscribe button and have an amazing day!
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-For Additional Reading
If you are traveling to the Pennsylvania region, and are interested in learning about its history, a really amazing resource is the book “Pennsylvania A History of the Commonwealth” by which is edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak. It is so informative, and reviews the history of our state, in addition to the geography, architecture, archaeology, art history, and even stories of folklore and folklife that are specific to this area.
I personally recommend this book if you are planning a trip to Pennsylvania, or even if you are just interested in learning about the state in general. If you would like to check it out, click on the link below!