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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Below: The Ever Ready Company, in Long Island, N.Y., used Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company materials in its building. Below: The Ever Ready Company, in Long Island, N.Y., used Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company materials in its building.
The Capitol building of St. Paul, Minn., was built using Coplay cement.PHOTOS COURTESY OF LARRY OBERLY The Capitol building of St. Paul, Minn., was built using Coplay cement.PHOTOS COURTESY OF LARRY OBERLY
Above: Coplay cement was used in the building of the Chicago Elevated power station in Illinois. Above: Coplay cement was used in the building of the Chicago Elevated power station in Illinois.
The Woolworth building is an example of an early skyscraper that used cement from Coplay. The Woolworth building is an example of an early skyscraper that used cement from Coplay.
Coplay cement was utilized in the building of the Cleveland park system in Ohio. Coplay cement was utilized in the building of the Cleveland park system in Ohio.
Wilson & Baillie Manufacturing Company, in Brooklyn, N.Y., used Coplay cement while manufacturing concrete pipes. Wilson & Baillie Manufacturing Company, in Brooklyn, N.Y., used Coplay cement while manufacturing concrete pipes.

Remembering: Tour of Coplay Cement building projects continues

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

In this fourth column, this writer and Mr. Larry Oberly, camera in hand, are joined by railroad historian Mike Bednar at the Coplay Lehigh Valley Railroad station to continue our visit to Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company’s building projects.

Our first stop is at the Wilson & Baillie Manufacturing Company in Brooklyn, N.Y. They specialize in manufacturing concrete pipes.

We are also thrilled to see the Woolworth building, an early skyscraper.

Next, it’s over to Long Island to visit the Ever Ready Company. Boarding the New York Central, our journey continues to Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago, Ill.

The longest leg of the trip brings us to the beautiful Capitol building in St. Paul, Minn. The structures we have visited are part of the cement heritage of the former employees of the Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company, who, with dedication and pride, produced a product that helped build America.

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In two weeks — a painting, “Cement Factory in Autumn,” North Coplay, 1948