The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
New York's World Trade Center
Electric Furnace Tap

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, four planes departed from airports on the East Coast, all bound for the West Coast. Aboard these planes, unknown to the passengers and pilots, were 19 people who would change the face of American culture, both abroad and at home, forever. Scholars have argued that this event was even more important to Americans than the events of the twentieth century, namely the first and second World Wars. Regardless, it is a fact that American culture has never been quite the same after the events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville.

American Airlines Flight 77 left Dulles, Virginia, headed for Los Angeles, California, around 8:20am. Half an hour later, it was hijacked, and headed towards an unknown destination. A little after 9:30am, hijacked Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In total, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed within the Pentagon building, along with all 64 passengers aboard the plane. The jet fuel from the airplane caused a massive fire, causing many of the casualties on the scene. It took nearly $700 million to repair the damages to the building and campus, and repairs were finally finished in Spring 2003.