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Iron Furnaces of Armstrong County Pennsylvania
Allegheny Furnace & IronWorks,
West Kittanning,
East Franklin Township,
Armstrong County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Pennsylvania Iron Furnace Sourcebook
Armstrong County Iron Works & Iron Furnaces

A Tribute to the Iron Masters and Iron Workers
that built and keep in-blast
the old Stone Blast Furnaces of Pennsylvania.

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Archaeologist, Editor & Web Master,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Advisor.

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Allegheny Furnace & Iron Works, on Furnace Run, near the Allegheny River, near West Kittanning, East Franklin Twp., Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Date Built: ca. 1826/1830
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1850

Other names Allegheny Furnace was known by:
Armstrong Furnace (ca.1826-1850);
A. & J. K. McNickle Furnace;
McNickle's Furnace;
Nichol's Furnace.

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Allegheny Furnace & Iron Works
A Stone Blast Furnace and Iron Works. Allegheny Furnace was a steam powered cold-blast charcoal iron furnace.
Located on Furnace Run, near West Kittanning, East Franklin Twp., Armstrong Co.
Owners: (ca.1832-  ?  ) Alexander McNickle & John McNickle
              (ca.1850- ?  ) Alexander McNickle

Location: The approximate location of the Allegheny Furnace & Iron Works site is 2 miles north of West Kittanning, Pa, on the west bank of the Allegheny River,  in East Franklin Towmship, Armstrong County, PA.

From Kittanning cross the old Kittanning Bridge (the bridge in downtown Kittanning) going west over the Allegheny River to West Kittanning.  Turn north on SR 4023 for 2 1/2 miles.  Just past a junk yard on the left side of the road T-505 (Furnace Run Rd.) turns off to the left, and crosses the railroad track, turns south, then swings around the end of a hill and continues northwest up the hill. The Allegheny Furnace & Iron Works site was located in the loop formed by Furnace Run Rd. (T-505).

No trace of Allegheny Iron Furnace remains, except there is a considerable amount of charcoal iron slag on the hillside bench above the probable furnace site, and it is believed that the present road now covers the actual furnace site. The  furnace site should be considered an archaeological site.  The entire area now is an enormous coal mine slate dump.

Bibliographical Sources:  This section under construction.                                                    

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