|Blowing engine house - half of an end wall of this building has been (for awhile) removed, however, with a platform extended from the walkway the view is, well,......|
Sunday, August 30, 2015
HOOVER-MASON BETHLEHEM STEEL
Access to the five extant blast furnaces at Bethlehem Steel have been gradually been getting better over the years. When I started modeling A-Furnace, the closest I could get was a limited side view from around 200 yards away, and that usually involved getting chased away from a security guard (despite technically standing on a public sidewalk). But that was even a considered improvement over the 1980s when I bush-wacked through a wooded hillside and crossed a frozen canal just to get some photos from across the river of blast furnace row. The plant was still operational then and any views from the opposite side were impossibly blocked by many other mill buildings. My only regret later was that I hadn't walked down the bank further to photograph A furnace - most of my shots were of C and D furnaces, the two operating at the time. I also went on a tour of Bethlehem in the 80s but photography was verboten. When the Steel Stacks complex opened things got much better, with great views of A-C furnace, although D and E were still partially blocked by the blowing engine house. About a month ago, the Hoover-Mason high-line stock trestle was opened as a walking path.