View From the Top: Hoover-Mason Trestle Connects Bethlehem's Past with its Future

Posted by Gerard Longo on

Starting Thursday, there will be one more great reason to visit SteelStacks when the Hoover-Mason Trestle opens to the public.

The elevated walkway, nestled a few stories up behind the Levitt Pavilion stage, provides a bird’s eye view of the SteelStacks campus while bringing the general public closer than ever to Bethlehem Steel’s iconic blast furnaces.

Hoover-Mason TrestleThe Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, as seen from the Hoover-Mason Trestle.Gerard Longo Over the past few days, PBS39 has been granted early access to walk the pathway created by this incredible project. Having personally walked the Trestle yesterday, I can vouch that it felt like a walk through history. There, you can see the little details that, decades later, are still intact. The machinery used to build America decades ago remains well-preserved. The ladders used to scale the blast furnaces and the railways used to transport freight, though weathered, have endured. Inscriptions left by Bethlehem Steel workers still remain etched in the rusted metal, virtually untouched. The might of Bethlehem Steel still stands tall in the heart of the city, long after its final flame was extinguished.

Not only does the Hoover-Mason Trestle grant our community – and those who visit – access to history; it speaks to the progress Bethlehem has experienced leading to the present. This is just the latest in a series of major developments since the SteelStacks campus opened in 2011. A part of Bethlehem that had once become an afterthought has undergone a major transformation over the past five years, and the opening of the Hoover-Mason Trestle represents a continued re-invention of the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley at large. The people of our region have used the 21st Century to find new uses and meanings in our many great traditions, and we’ve only begun to see this hard work pay off.

With that, the Hoover-Mason Trestle -– and everything that surrounds it -– opens up a gateway to the Lehigh Valley’s future. All of the progress we have seen, on this project and others, came from nothing more than simple concepts. At one point, these projects were nothing more than dreams of the distant future. Those dreams are now reality, and they can serve as the inspiration for the future we wish to create.

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