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Bethlehem in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Bethlehem Beam

Hard As Steel

 
 
The Bethlehem Beam Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
1. The Bethlehem Beam Marker
Inscription.

The strong, lightweight structural beam makes up the framework of buildings, bridges, and other structures. These wide flange beams were first made in 1907 right here in Bethlehem, using inventor Henry Grey's innovative rolling mill. Grey's process used a series of rolls to shape the beam from a single piece of steel. These new Bethlehem Beams made it possible to build taller, stronger, and cheaper.

What's different about the Bethlehem Beam?

1 Weight
Compared with its great strength, the Bethlehem Beam uses relatively little material. Its strength means that beams can be placed further apart, decreasing weight and material cost.

2 Bending
Because of its geometry, the Bethlehem Beam resists bending, even under great stress. It can support tremendous loads, both vertically and horizontally.

3 Adaptable
The Grey Mill, known for its adaptable design, lets workers customize the beams by simply adjusting the position of the rolls.
 
Erected by SteelStacks. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Location. 40° 36.902′ N, 75° 22.005′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Touch for map. Marker is

The Bethlehem Beam Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
2. The Bethlehem Beam Marker
on the Hoover-Mason Trestle at SteelStacks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 711 East 1st Street, Bethlehem PA 18015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bethlehem Built (a few steps from this marker); A Legacy of Steel (a few steps from this marker); The Blower House (within shouting distance of this marker); One Of The Hardest Jobs In The World (within shouting distance of this marker); A Community of Workers (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot, Loud, & Dangerous (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Air Products (about 400 feet away); Making Iron (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bethlehem Steel: Forging America. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. H [Bethlehem] Beam article. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Bethlehem Steel Corporation. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. I Beam at Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. What is SteelStacks?. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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