Property History

Before adopting the name officially in 1899, the legendary Bethlehem Steel Corporation first opened its doors in 1857 as the Saucona Iron Company. By installing blast furnace technology in 1863, Bethlehem Steel was able to produce much of the equipment used by the United States armed forces in World War I and World War II including 1,100 ships; more than any other builder during the war.

Major projects produced by Bethlehem Steel:

  • Lincoln Tunnel
  • Chrysler Building
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  • Merchandise Mart
  • U.S. Congress’ Rayburn building
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bethlehem Steel closed its doors in 1995.

In 2007, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem purchased the 126-acre former Bethlehem Steel plant, the largest brownfield site in the United States and opened the casino on May 22, 2009. The area was remediated in accordance with the site-specific environmental standard, which demonstrates our commitment to preservation. Putting the historical Bethlehem Steel site back into use represents a re-birth for the city, and can be used as a model for other communities across the country.

Sands is currently working with ArtsQuest, PBS and the National Museum of History on programs to rejuvenate the community. For more information on Bethlehem and our property, visit