Saturday, September 21, 2013

Iron and Steel

Today is our final journey. Leaving Harrisburg we headed toward home with a few stops along the way.

Cornwall Furnace was leading Pennsylvania iron producer from 1742 to 1883 when it was shutdown. The site is primarily the furnace, but there are a couple of supporting buildings still existing. The Cornwall Furnace provided arms to George Washington and made PA first millionaire.

Cornwall Furnance PA

Cornwall Furnance PA

Cornwall Furnance PA
Where the Managers Lived

Cornwall Furnance PA
I am thinking lemonade on a hot summer day.

Cornwall Furnance PA
Where the Owners Lived

Next stop was in Catasauqua. George was a signed of the Declaration of Independence, giving the home Landmark status. Nothing really special about the house other than it is old.

Heading out of Catsauqua we stopped at this oversized root beer barrel. This would be a good place for a tag in a game.

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We turned north and headed into Bethlehem PA. When we got here I realized that I had not Waypointed the primary place to visit. Lucky for me I had another place marked or we would have blown right past the place and would not have realized it until we had reached a point that would have been too far to go back.

To get our bearing pulled over to these train depots and just had to snap off some quick shots.

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The 3 people standing there were taking pictures for an ad or maybe some wedding pictures. 

I had been looking forward to visiting the Bethlehem Blast Furnaces since I planned this trip. I was not disappointed when we got there. I did have to stop and ask a policeman how to get here. The blast furnaces now not operating is a backdrop for an entertainment complex. Bethlehem Steel was the second biggest producer of steel in the US. The failed because they didn’t modernize and thirsted for short term profits over sustaining the company. The company made steel at this location for 140 years. I was quite surprised to find downtown Bethlehem quite nice. During its heyday it must of smoggy, sooty and just plain dirty.

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Steel Stacks

Bethlehem Steel Steel Stacks
I overhead one of the guys giving a tour of the place. Apparently this is the oldest riveted blast furnace left in existence today. This is the oldest of 5 furnaces

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Yea the stacks don't really sway in the wind, at least not yer

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Memorial Sculpture with the ships, bridges and buildings that Bethlehem Steel provided stell

Bethlehem Steel

After we visited the steel we headed into town to pick up one more NHL, which was an residential housing for the Moravian Church officials. It is now a museum, but still owned by the Moravian Church. For those that are curious the Moravian Church is a Protestant denomination with roots in the Czech Republic.

Gemeinhaus-Lewis David De Schweinitz Residence - Bethlehem PA

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Last stop of the day was Dingman Falls. I didn’t tell MeAsWe we were going to stop here. This was one of the places we visited on our first overnight trip on the motorcycle. It was 5 years to the exact day that we were hear. The falls have not changed and we still need to come back here when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, it just has to be spectacular.

Dingman Falls
The walk to the Falls

Dingman Falls
The view on the walk

Dingman Falls
The Falls 

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