The Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey was the recipient of the first steel beam legally removed from the World Trade Center site for purposes of establishing a public memorial dedicated to the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
The two-ton steel beam was from the upper stories of one of the World Trade Center towers and stands 20 ft high. This scorched and twisted beam is a vivid reminder of the extreme heat and pressure that brought the building down. Hauntingly, a loose piece of steel at the top is pointed southeast (toward lower Manhattan) and waves in the breeze, as if bidding a sad goodbye to those who were taken from us that day.
R.S. Phillips Steel in Vernon helped acquire the beam for Sterling Hill from Metal Management Northeast, Inc. The only stipulations were that it be available for public viewing and be on permanent display for free. Viewing is every day during the museum's normal operating hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The beam stands at the south end of our parking lot, just beyond the flag pole.
A plaque at the base of the beam reads:
Let this steel beam remind us, symbolically, of America’s iron will, and as she moves into the future it is her strength, courage and commitment that are her cornerstone.