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Bethlehem Steel’s Last 20 Years Building Bridges and Buildings

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join retired Bethlehem Steel Civil Engineer Gordon Baker as he talks about the history of Bethlehem Steel’s bridgemaking operations, which saw some of the world’s most famous structures come from its mills. From the Golden Gate to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridges, Bethlehem Steel helped build it all.

Four people from the audience will become part of a live suspension bridge and we will learn how a suspension bridge works. Lot’s of laughs! Alligators became part of a humorous story in Wilmington NC.  Expect to interact with the presenter and enjoy a fast moving summary of Bethlehem Steel’s brightest days.

Gordon Baker worked for twenty years at Bethlehem Steel’s Fabricated Steel Construction Division working on bridges and buildings. During this period, he was a Field Engineer in New York, worked in the Engineering department in Bethlehem, was Assistant Works Engineer in the Leetsdale Pittsburgh plant, and was Superintendent of the large Pittsburgh shop facility. His career included working on two suspension bridges in New York, the Commodore Barry Bridge, Martin Tower, the world’s largest radio telescope in Puerto Rico and numerous other structures. Gordon is a retired Licensed Professional Engineer and a graduate of Lehigh University’s civil engineering program.

This event is part of NMIH’s Steel Weekend, a celebration dedicated to the structural steel industry happening September 28-29.  This lecture is free with museum admission.


September 28, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am