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Steel worker housing in South Bethlehem, PA, circa 1935.
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Image of crowded housing in Bethlehem.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In the early 1900s South Bethlehem became a crowded and noisy boomtown. Biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen, who lived in Bethlehem as a child, wrote that the borough was "like another place and another planet, a Wild West of its own."

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