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The Iron Furnaces of Clarion County Pennsylvania
Eagle Furnace & Iron Works
Canoe Ripple,
Beaver Twp.,
Clarion County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.


Pennsylvania Iron Furnace Source Book
Clarion County Iron Furnaces

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

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Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Advisor.


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Updated Nov. 2, 2002

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Eagle Furnace & Iron Works:  Located on Canoe Creek, north of Canoe Ripple, on the Clarion, Beaver Twp., Clarion County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Date Built: ca.1846
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1859

Other names Eagle Furnace was known by:

Eagle Furnace & Iron Works:
A Stone Blast Furnace & Iron Works.


Owners:

Kribbs, Reynolds & Curll Company (ca.1846);
Curill, Kibbs & Company (ca.1846);
Reynolds & Cribbs Company (ca.1849- ? )
Reynolds & Kribbs Company

Short History of Eagle Furnace:

From:  "Proceedings of the Iron Convention." 1849.
From Eagle Furnace, Clarion Co., J.B.Reynolds attended the convention. (Iron Master Association,1849:n.p.)

Documents Relating to the Manufacture of Iron in Pennsylvania, 1850
A Detailed Statement of all the Charcoal Cold Blast Furnaces in Western Pennsylvania in the year 1850
Published on behalf of the Convention of Iron Masters,
Which met in Philadelphia, on the Twentierth of December, 1849
Philadelphia: Published by the General Committee. 1850
Name of Works date of Sheriff's
sale or failure
Furnaces
in-blast 1849
Furnaces
out-of-blast 1849
date of construction Capacity in Tons
Eagle Furnace       1        1846   1,100 Tons
        Owners  Post Office      Kind of ore used  No. of Men &
Boys Employed
 No. of horses &
mules Employed
Reynolds & Cribbs Company Callansburg Argillareous Carbonate       58         47
Stack
No. Tuyeres
  Stack
  Bosh
 Stack
 Height
 Kind of
Power used
Kind of Metal Made  Largest product Actual Product
in 1849
  1  8 feet  32 feet    Steam Close Gray Iron    850 Tons   850 Tons

                                                                                                           (Iron Masters Association,1850:n.p.)

From: "Iron Manufacturer Guide" 1859
Eagle Furnace.  Location & data, Eagle cold-blast charcoal Furnace, Canoe Creek, 1 mi. N., Clarion River, 10 mi. W. Clarion, Clarion Co., owner Reynolds & Kribbs, manager George Kribbs, built 1848, in-blast 1859. (Lesley,1859:54)

From: "Caldwell's History of Clarion County" 1877
Eagle Furnace.  Located on Canoe Creek, one mile from the Clarion River.  Height 30 feet, 8 feet bosh. Cold blast.  Built by Curill, Kibbs & Company.  Operated by George Kribbs and Joseph B. Reynolds.   Annual production averaged 700-800 tons.  Abandoned 1858.  (Caldwell,1877:  )

From "History of Clarion County" 1887.
Eagle Furnace, cold blast, 1846; on Canoe Creek, a mile from the Clarion River; was eight feet in bosh by thirty feet high; built by Kribbs, Reynolds & Curll; operated by George Kribbs and Joseph B. Reynolds; produced from 700 to 800 tons per annum; abandoned in 1858. (Davis,1887:117)

From: "A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnace in Western Pennsylvania" 1966.
Eagle Furnace.  Built in 1846 on Canoe Creek, about a mile from the Clarion River, by Curll, Kribbs and Company, it was a cold blast charcoal furnace with one tuyere and an 8 foot bosh.  In 1850 it was owned by Reynolds and Kribbs.  It went out of blast in 1858.(Sharp & Thomas,1966:33)

Location:
To reach the location of Eagle Furnace, Beaver Township, from Callensburg, follow PA Rt. 368, 0.1 mile east from where it crosses PA Rt. 378 in Callensburg.  Turn left on L.R. 16030 and proceed for 1.5 miles, then turn north (left) on L.R. 16029.  Follow this road about 3 miles, crossing the Clarion River at Canoe Ripple, and then about 3/4 mile farther on, turn east on T-385. Proceed about 1/4 mile to the bridge over Canoe Creek.  The furnace is about 100 feet to the right of the road and near the top of the hill, about 200 feet before reaching the creek.  It is in excellent condition [ca.1966] and visible from the road when about halfway down the hill.
(Sharp & Thomas,1966:33)

Revised Directions to Eagle Furnace ca. 4 / 2002:

GPS Location: 41 degrees 10.284 79 degrees 31.416

From the Callensburg Post Office travel east 4/10 miles to the end of PA Route 368. This is a crossroads. Continue straight through the crossroads on PA Route 58.  Continue on PA Route 58 for 1/10 mile to the junction of Canoe Ripple Road. Turn left unto Canoe Ripple Road and follow it for 3 8/10 miles where it crosses the Clarion River. Continue following Canoe Ripple Road for another mile until you come to the junction of Eagle Furnace Road.  Turn right on Eagle Furnace Road and follow it for 3 /10 miles to the bridge over Canoe Creek. Park at the bridge. There is a "no trespassing sign" by the bridge. Get permission from the land owner. Follow the creek downstream .06 miles until you see an orange gas pipe line that crosses the creek. At the pipe line walk at a right angle away from the creek. You will see Eagle Furnace. The furnace is near the road but cannot be seen from the road due to trees and brush.
(Revised Directions courtesy of Arnold Kepple, author of "History of Callensburg Boro & Licking Township," Callensburg, PA, 4/2002.)

From Exit 53 (Knox Exit) of Interstate 80 travel south (away from Knox) on Canoe Ripple Road. There is no sign indicating that this is Canoe Ripple Road.  Travel 1 1/10 miles to the junction of Eagle Furnace Road. Follow Eagle Furnace Road for 3/10 miles to the bridge over Canoe Creek. Park at the bridge. There is a "no trespassing" sign by the bridge. Get permission from the land owner. Follow the creek downstream .06 miles until you see an orange gas pipe line that crosses the creek. At the pipe line walk at a right angle away from the creek. You will see Eagle Furnace. The furnace is near the road but can not be seen from the road due to trees and brush.
(Revised Directions courtesy of Arnold Kepple, author of "History of Callensburg Boro & Licking Township," Callensburg, PA, 4/2002.)

LOCATION:
Location of Eagle Furnace & Tippecanoe Furnace (Canoe Furnace), Canoe Creek, South of Knox, in Beaver Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
The Beaver Township map is cropped from a 1/50,000 USGS Geological Survey Map of Clarion County dated 1986; based on 1/24,000 maps dated 1963 through 1969.

(Map courtesy of the U.S.G.S. Topographic Survey, Washington, D.C.)

(It is recommended that you obtain and use the "Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer" by DeLorne Mapping, as your map source in finding the Clarion County Iron Furnaces.)

Eagle Furnace, Beaver Township, Clarion Co.
1872 Map of Beaver Township, Clarion, showing the location of Eagle Furnace and the settlements around the furnace.
(from "Atlas of the County of Lawrence & The State of Pennsylvania,"  Published by G.M.Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, PA, ca.1872)

Eagle Furnace Ruins
Ruins of Eagle Furnace as they appeared in Sept. 2001.
(Photo courtesy of Hank Hufnagel, Scout Master, Troop      Clarion, Clarion County.)

Eagle Furnace
Undated photo of Eagle Furnace ruins.
(Photo courtesy of Arnold Kepple, author of "History of Callensburg Boro & Licking Township.")

Eagle Furnace
Undated photo of the Casting Arch
(Photo courtesy of Arnold Kepple, author of "History of Callensburg Boro & Licking Township.")

Bibliographical Sources:  This section under construction.                                                    

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