Hoover-Mason Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

What If This Park Were Also a History Museum?

Visitors explore the site using an interactive mobile tour application.

Project Overview

To tell the story of the rise and fall of Bethlehem Steel and American Industry, we united a new outdoor experience with a mobile application that surfaces history where it happened.

Project Videos and Images

A self-guided tour through the past

To educate visitors about the plant’s role in the history of American industry, we created an engaging narrative tour that guides visitors along the trestle via a sequence of illustrated signs designed to complement their industrial surroundings. These markers encourage visitors to access the interactive web-based mobile application for more information.

Hoover-Mason Trestle project

  • A steel marker indicates an opportunity to engage with a digital interactive
  • Further reading on a steel plaque

Tour "AR"

Local history, global reach

Accessible on any device without the need to download anything, the Hoover-Mason Trestle web application offers narrative audio tours, historical images, and intimate first-hand accounts describing the dangerous life of a steel worker. The application provides a consistent experience on desktop computers as well, ensuring the story of Bethlehem Steel is available to an audience who may never get a chance to visit.

Desktop video

Mobile views

Digitizing the archive

Our researchers and content strategists worked closely with local historians to assemble archival materials. These heritage pieces are supported by unique original content created by our production teams to convey the scale and impact of the Bethlehem Steel corporation, the technical details of steel production, and the human stories of the steelworking community.

Archival video

We are thrilled with the outcome. Our mission was to not only redevelop the former Bethlehem Steel property, but also to reinvent and repurpose it.

Tony Hanna, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem