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

Heat Treating

The High House

 
 
Heat Treating Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
1. Heat Treating Marker
Inscription.

What is Heat Treating?
If you look towards the bridge to your left, you can see a tall and narrow building. This is the High House, or No. 3 Treatment Facility. Its tall shape accommodates the heat treating process, where gun barrels and other long steel pieces were heated and cooled to improve the metal's properties. Annealing, a type of heat treating, softens the steel, relieves internal stresses, and improves the grain. The result is a better combination of strength, elasticity, and plasticity.

1 Each piece is placed in a vertical furnace and heated. Excess gases from the blast furnaces are burned as the fuel source for this heat. The steel must stay at temperature for several hours.

2 Workers "quench" or cool the steel quickly in water or oil. The steel's properties change depending on how fast a piece is cooled.

3 The High House was designed to accommodate the addition of heated steel housing components to the gun barrel to insure a secure fit when the heated components cooled and shrank in place.
 
Erected by SteelStacks. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Location. 40° 36.902′ N, 75° 21.851′ W. Marker is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County

Heat Treating Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
2. Heat Treating Marker
The High House is in the distant left
. Touch for map. Marker is 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. A Changing Landscape (here, next to this marker); The No. 2 Machine Shop (a few steps from this marker); Wartime Steel (a few steps from this marker); Non-Native Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); Why Did Bethlehem Close? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flow Of Goods & Money (within shouting distance of this marker); One Of The Hardest Jobs In The World (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Legacy of Steel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethlehem.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bethlehem Steel: Forging America. (Submitted on February 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bethlehem Steel Corporation. (Submitted on February 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. What is SteelStacks?. (Submitted on February 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
The former High House, or No. 3 Treatment Plant image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 22, 2017
3. The former High House, or No. 3 Treatment Plant
At left of photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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