|Buffalo Furnace No. 1:
Located on Buffalo Creek, Village of Buffalo
Mills, near Worthington, West Franklin Twp., Armstrong County, Pennsylvania,
Date Built: ca. 1839
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1865
Buffalo Furnace No. 2:
Located on Buffalo Creek, Village of
Buffalo Mills, near Worthington, West Franklin Twp., Armstrong County,
Other names Buffalo Furnaces were known by:
See also: Maple Furnace, Butler Co.
|Short History of Buffalo Furnaces:
|Buffalo Furnaces: The
first of these two charcoal furnaces was built in 1839 by P. Graff and Company
on Buffalo Creek at the crossing of the Kittanning and Butler Pike. It
produced 45 tons a week and was the first furnace in the county to use hot
The second furnace was built in 1846. It was a hot blast charcoal furnace with an 8 foot bosh as compared with a 9 foot bosh in the first furnace. Although smaller than No. 1 Furnace it was, due to improvements, a better producer of these furnaces. Both went out of blast in 1864. (Sharp & Thomas,1966:9)
Follow US Rt.422 west from Kittanning or east from Butler to Worthington. In Worthington turn onto the old highway PA SR4010 (old Rt.422). Turn west on PA SR4010, and proceed through the town. At the foot of the hill turn left (south) on a road just before reaching the bridge over Buffalo Creek. This is the small Village of Buffalo Mills. An old white store building is on the left.. Proceed down this road past a row of houses on the right, about 1/4 mile. Park here and go on foot down the lane for 200 or 300 feet. On the left just beyond a bend in the road next to the hillside are the depressions where Buffalo Furnace No.1 and Buffalo Furnace No.2 stood [ca.1966]. The stacks were destroyed, and crushed for stone for road repair in the West Franklin Township. A large amount of slag remains on the hillside.
(Sharp & Thomas,1966:9)
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