A plaque honors Mayor Pfeifle on the City’s South Side.
Robert Pfeifle was in office as mayor of the City of Bethlehem for twenty years, from 1930 to 1950. He was the third mayor of Bethlehem and was a homebuilder before entering politics. Pfeifle was most famously known for this work as a carpenter and builder before becoming mayor, when he accomplished the merging of South Bethlehem and Bethlehem into one city. During his time as mayor, he was known for campaigning and working to close speakeasies, along with generally confiscating liquor, which was illegal at the time. Also during his time in office, the first Bethlehem Star was put up atop South Mountain in 1937, and later replaced by a new star in 1939, this time having the star built by the Bethlehem Steel. He passed away in 1958. In 2019, a plaque was installed near where his home once stood at 424 Webster St.