|Black Fox Furnace & Iron Works:
Located on Black Fox Run, 1mi. north of Allegheny
River, near the Village of West Freedom, Perry Twp., Clarion County,
Date Built: ca. 1844
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1860
Other names Black Fox Furnace was known by:
|Black Fox Furnace & Iron Works
A Stone Blast Furnace & Iron Works
Owners: Lawson & Company (ca.1844)
Welsh & Company (ca.1844)
Adams & Varnum Company (ca.1848)
Vernum & Adams Company
Jones & Company
Thompson, Boyd & Company
Painter & Graff Company (ca.1850)
Jacob Painter & Company (ca.1850-1860)
|Short History of Black Fox Furnace:
From "History of Clarion County" 1887.
Perry Township Along in the forties a company began the erection of a furnace in the southern part called Red Fox. This company sold to a Welsh firm, who finished the work and called it Black Fox Furnace. This firm sold out to Vernum & Adams, who became involved, and a disputed title threw the property into the sheriff's hands, who sold it, and it was bought by Painter & Graff. This company made iron here till 1859. In the summer of 1860 William Moore tried to start the furnace to use up some stock he had on hand, but in attempting to get up steam, the boiler exploded, killing two men named William Kortz and Benjamin Kogan. Thus it has been truly said that "Black Fox Furnace blowed out in 1860," at least it blew up. It never made iron after that event. In its best days it made from fifteen to twenty tons of charcoal, or cold blast metal daily. (Davis,1887:118)
Black Fox Furnace. Located on Black Fox Run, about 1 mile from the Allegheny River in Perry Township. Height 30 feet, 9 foot bosh. Built by Welsh & Company. Bought by Adams & Varnum in 1848. Failed in 1850. Purchased by Jacob Painter, et.al., at Sheriff's sale ca.1850. Samuel Barr was Superintendent. Steam, hot blast. Production in 1845 was 1,000 tons; in 1856 was 2,000 tons. Boiler exploded about 1858, one man killed; several others critically injured. Abandoned following explosion. (Caldwell,1877: )
From: "A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnace in Western
|Location: From Callensburg, Clarion Co., to locate the Black Fox Furnace Site, proceed west from Callensburg on PA Rt.368 approx. 3.5 mi. to West Freedom. In west Freedom turn right unto PA SR3001, go south on PA SR3001 for 2.4mi.|
|Black Fox Furnace, Perry Township, Clarion Co.
1872 Map of Perry Township, Clarion, showing the location of Black Fox Furnace and the settlement around the furnace.
(from "Atlas of the County of Lawrence & The State of Pennsylvania," Published by G.M.Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, PA, ca.1872)
|Bibliographical Sources: This section under construction.|
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