Last week I needed a piece of wood, a very small piece of wood to complete a project I was working on.
I wanted this piece to be different, old, something with character, something not found at the local Lowes.
I came across a company named Keystone Vintage Lumber. All they do is deal with reclaimed wood. I like the idea.
( The wood flooring in our house came from an old Mill in Reading PA. but enough about how cool we are!)
Keystone is presently located in a building that in more prosperous times was melting steel and making fasteners. Back in 1882 it was called Philadelphia nut and bolt company. In the early 1900's it became "Bethlehem Steel."
In 1985 the steel company closed and now most buildings sit vacant, except for a few businesses like my lumber company
I took a ride around the place after picking up my piece of wood, that was previously part of the structure of a mushroom house, and took some photos.
For some reason I find abandoned buildings like these very interesting........
I can't look at them without imagining what it was like there when the steel plant was in full swing, probably employing a good percentage of the people who lived nearby.
Imagine how many workers walked through this door in it's heyday.