BETHLEHEM: IRON ROLLING MILL AND BLAST FURNACES.
As I before said, on the morning of the 5th of July, i860, my family (wife, daughter, and I), boarded a train on the Pennsylvania RaUroad at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for Bethlehem, leaving the scenes of my early struggles behind me, to enter into another, which, in the end, proved one of much greater importance.
We arrived in Bethlehem on the evening of the same day, July 5th. I had previously made arrangements with the Bethlehem Iron Company to accept the position of General Superintendent and Chief Engineer. On the morning of July 6th, I reported to the directors of the said company, and in company with Mr. Augustus Wolle, Mr. Charles B. Daniel, Mr. Charles W. Ranch, and Mr. Robert H. Sayre I visited the ground where the proposed plant was to be located. The next day I looked over the location again to see if any change was desirable, and I found on measure¬ ment that the space between the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Valley Railroad was not wide enough to locate the plant without encroaching on the river. The location we had made the day before was on the widest part of the land, consequently we had either to change the design of the plant or to encroach on the river, and we chose the latter.
We arranged at once with the Lehigh VaUey Raflroad Company to have a siding put in. Ground was broken on the 16th of July, and about the last of July we got fairiy at work to erect two medium-sized blast furnaces and a rolUng