Although many people may not immediately be able to place the name, mention Lukens Steel and people immediately recognize the product. The City of Coatesville, home to the Lukens Steel Company, played a key role in 19th century iron and steel development.
The fortunes of Lukens Steel and the Coatesville community were intimately entwined. Much of this heritage survives in the commercial streets and residential neighborhoods, community organizations, churches, shops and houses of Coatesville. Together, the company, the Lukens family and the City of Coatesville offer a view of how small town steel developed, struggled and survives. more . . .