The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum, Coatesville, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Original Office Building of Lukens Steel, Home of the National Iron and Steel Heritage Center in Coatsville, Pennsylvania

The town of Coatesville in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is 40 miles west of Philadelphia and 40 miles east of Lancaster. It is a town on the Lincoln Highway commonly known as U.S. Route 30. (U.S. Route 30 bypasses the town. U.S. Business 30 follows the original Lincoln Highway through the town.) The town’s name comes from a local farmer named Moses Coates whose son-in-law created the town. One of the main features of the town is the arching railroad bridge (aqueduct) that crosses the West Brandywine Creek, Pennsylvania Route 82, and a railroad line. The town was the home of Lukens Steel Company, a company founded by Charles Lukens. What is great about Lukens Steel? It was the first steel company to produce steel hulls for ships. It went…

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