A Community of Workers

A Community of Workers (HM25AO)

Location: Bethlehem, PA 18015 Northampton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.894', W 75° 22.051'

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Life on the South Side of Bethlehem

The streets that stretch up from the steel plant make up South Bethlehem. Over the decades, this community grew along with Bethlehem Steel's growing workforce. Generations of workers lived, shopped, attended school and church, played sports, and socialized in the shadow of the Steel (the locals' nickname for the plant). The sounds of the plant echoed through this vibrant working-class community.
"They used to shoot out the soot from the furnace at night, and the soot that they shot out maybe was the size of sand on a beach. And my mother used to sweep that up and put it in the trash every day so that you wouldn't walk in it and bring all that dirt into the house."
- Joseph J. Achando
Beam Yard Inspector
[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
· Around 1917, Bethlehem Steel formed two baseball leagues, a Corporation League and a Bethlehem Plant League, in part to harbor big-league players avoiding the World War I draft. Teams were originally made up of professional players. Later, company staff was invited to join. Games between departments and other companies were played on South Bethlehem fields.
· This image of St. Michael's Cemetery was captured by Walker Evans in 1935. Many were born, worked, died and were buried in South Bethlehem with the



Steel
always within sight.
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HM NumberHM25AO
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Placed BySteelStacks
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Date Added Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 468912 N 4496073
Decimal Degrees40.61490000, -75.36751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.894', W 75° 22.051'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 53.64" N, 75° 22' 3.0599999999999" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near HMT, Bethlehem PA 18015, US
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