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Lackawanna Steel dreaming

Dunkirk man remembers his days at the Bethlehem Steel plant and the stories of those who worked alongside him

April 14, 2013

By RALPH BURKE Special to the OBSERVER I worked at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna for 14 years, until the final cut in the early 1980s. The plant was huge....

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Apr-15-13 8:36 AM

Mr Burke, please write more articles like this. It was interesting. I remember the scarfing, pickle liquor, kettles of molten steel etc. Who can forget lackawanna turning orange at night and later iron dust on everything. Cars, houses, sidewalks, etc. Can you imagine if the steel plants were running today ? we would have to start the psych centers back up as people would believe the end of the world is near.Did not bethelehem make land out of lake erie by dumping slag and stuff into it ? A gross environmental violation if ever there was one. We gotta get the stories before the emplotyees pass away , please !

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