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According to "The Story of Bethlehem Steel" by Cotter (1916) , Bethlehem produced their first heat of steel October 4, 1973. Rails were rolled two weeks later.
Bob Shaw
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From: Hewitt, Chris [mailto:hewitt(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 12:38 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Historic Steel Shapes

Hi All,
I am trying to locate information on the producers and engineering properties (at least dimensions) of structural steel produced for use in the US before 1873 (before Carnegie adopted the Bessemer process).  I suspect that steel may have been imported to the US prior to that time.
If you know of any place where I might find such information, please let me know.
Christopher Hewitt
AISC Staff Engineer