The city within steel city
Bethlehem Steel was a city within a city.
The 1,800 acres offered more than jobs. There were company stores, a company-run barber and a grocer.
The mill also organized after-work activities for employees.
The company brass band was made up of 60 musicians, led by the conductor of the Lehigh Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Other employees played on a corporate soccer team that was so good, one of its players set a world record for goals. In 1925 Archie Starkcored 70 times in a single season. That record stood until 2012 when it was broken by Lionel Messi, a professional soccer player from Barcelona.
You can find relics throughout the ArtsQuest Centre, an entertainment complex built on the former steel site.
An entire wall is printed with a black and white photo of the band. Nearby, a steelworker tribute wall lists the names of former employees. Names are added monthly and a special Father’s Day service draws the children of steelworkers from as far away as California and Florida.