Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, January 12, 2013
Walker Evans made his iconic photograph, Graveyard, Houses, and Steel Mill, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at this cemetery in 1935. During that time, Bethlehem Steel was a celebrated symbol of prosperous American manufacturing. The mill manufactured the steel for the George Washington and Golden Gate bridges and countless navel ships during both World Wars. The industry climaxed during World War II and slowly declined as international competition grew and executives failed to embrace technological innovations. Officially declaring bankruptcy in 2001, the plant and the surrounding area were recently revitalized and a Sands Casino now occupies the grounds.