|Catfish Furnace & Iron
Works: Located at mouth of Catfish Creek, and Allegheny
River, Village of Catfish, Madison Twp., Clarion County, Pennsylvania,
Date Built: ca. 1846
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1856
Other names Catfish Furnace was known by:
|Catfish Furnace & Iron Works:
A Stone Blast Furnace & Iron Works
Over, Reichart & Lobaugh Company;
J. L. Miller;
Miller & Son Company
|Short History of Catfish Furnace:
From "History of Clarion County" 1887.
Catfish Furnace. Located on the Allegheny River at the mouth of Catfish Creek. Steam - cold-blast. Height 30 feet, 8 foot bosh. Failed 1851. Built by Over, Reichart & Lobaugh. Sold to Alexander Miller, leased to J.L. Miller. Manager J.H. Kahl. Production in only 33 weeks of 1856 was 925 1/2tons. Used carbonate and red ores from within one mile to the north. (Caldwell,1877: )
From: "A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnace in Western
To reach the site of Catfish Furnace, starting at East Brady, Clarion Co., follow PA Rt.68 east for 5.3mi. to PA SR3006. Turn left on PA LR3006, and follow it to the bottom of the hill. The road turns right, paralleling the Allegheny River. The site of Catfish Furnace is to the right against the hillside and near Catfish Creek.
This area has been used for coal storage for many years and
no trace of the old furnace stack or raceway remains today. Charcoal
slag can be found on the banks of Catfish Creek and in the field across from
the furnace site.
[PA Rt. nos. have been updated in the above description.]
|Catfish Furnace, Madison Township, Clarion Co.
1872 Map of Madison Township, Clarion, showing the location of Catfish 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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