|Clarion Furnace & Iron Works:
Located just above the mouth of Toby Creek,
and Clarion River, Penns Mills, Paint Twp., Clarion County, Pennsylvania,
Date Built: ca. 1828
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1852
Other names Clarion Furnace was known by:
|ClarionFurnace & Iron Works:
A Stone Blast Furnace & Iron Works
Bear & Myers Company (Henry Bear & Christian Myers) (ca.1828- ? )
C. Meyers & Company
J. Nelson Hetherington (ca.1851-1852)
|Short History of Clarion Furnace:
From "Iron Manufacturer's Guide," 1859.
From "History of Clarion County" 1887.
Clarion Furnace, cold blast, on the Clarion River, a little west of the mouth of Little Toby, built in 1829; thirty feet high by eight feet bosh; owners Henry Bear and Christian Myers, afterward Myers alone, who in 185l assigned to Nelson Hetherington. Produced about 1,300 tons a year. Abandoned in 1852 on account of difficulty of reaching ore and financial considerations.
The pigs were transported to Pittsburgh in flat boats, sided up; they were somewhat smaller than the present boats, and generally held from seventy-five to one hundred tons. The lower bridge at Clarion was one of the chief loading places; here Clarion, Lucinda, Shippenville, Washington, and Martha furnaces brought their iron for transportation; it was the scene of much life and bustle, for often one hundred men were at work together, loading the boats; those were halcyon days! (Davis,1887:113,116)
Clarion Furnace. Located on the Clarion River, just west of the mouth of Little Toby Creek. Stack 30 feet high; base 24 feet square, 8 foot bosh. Cold Blast. Erected 1828 by Henry Bear and Christian Myers. Designed by Bear. Myers became sole owner until 1851, after which he assigned to Nelson Hetherington, his son-in-law. Closed 1852 because of financial problems. Production 1847 1,200 tons. (Caldwell,1877: )
From: "A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnace in Western
To visit the site of Clarion Furnace. From Clarion take PA SR1005 north, cross the bridge over the Clarion River, just above the mouth of Toby Creek and go north on PA SR1005 towards the Village of Miola. About .25 mi past the Clarion River, you will enter State Game Lands No. 72, just past this a dirt road T-576 turns off to the left, down the hill towards Toby Creek. Follow T-576 to the bridge over Toby Creek. Clarion Furnace was about 100 feet upstream, on the west side of Toby Creek, just below the mouth of Rapp Run, a tributery of Toby Creek.
The site of Clarion Furnace is located in State Game Lands
No. 72. Nothing remains of the Clarion Furnace stack, except a few
stones and a small amount of slag on the creek bank.
The site of Clarion Furnace probably contains archaeological remains that are not visible. Flooding from the Clarion River and strip mining waste more than likely has slited over many of the remains.
|Clarion Furnace, Paint Township, Clarion Co.
1872 Map of Paint Township, Clarion, showing the location of Penns Mills and the settlement around the furnace location.
(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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