|Shippenville Furnace & Iron
Works: Located near the junction of Deer Creek
and Paint Creek, 1mi. southeast of Shippenville, near the Knox Spur Station,
in State Game Lands No. 63, Elk Twp., Clarion County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Date Built: ca. 1831
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1859
Shippenville Forge: Located approximately 1mi. down Deer Creek from Shippenville Furnace.
Other names Shippenville Furnace was known by:
|Shippenville Furnace & Iron Works:
A Stone Blast Furnace & Iron Works
Shippen, Black & Company (Richard Shippen & Jacob Black);
|History of Shippenville Furnace:
Shippenville Furnace, hot blast, at the junction of Deer and Paint Creeks, one mile southeast of Shippenville. Owned by Richard Shippen and Jacob Black; erected in 1832; managed by Robert Montgomery and David McKim; nine feet across the bosh by thirty-two feet high; production, 1845, about 1,200 tons; 1856, 1,500; abandoned in 1859. In connection with Shippenville furnace there was a forge -- the only one in the county. It stood a mile further down Deer Creek, and made altogether fifty tons of bar iron. (Davis,1887:116)
Shippenville Furnace. Located at the Junction of Deer and Paint Creeks,1 mile southeast of Shippenville. Hot blast. Height 32 feet, 9 foot bosh. Managed by Robert Montgomery and David McKim. Produced 1,200 tons in 1845. [Rupp listed 1847 production as 1,200 tons, 1,500 tons in 1856.] Abandoned 1859. Also had an associated forge, the only one in ClarionCounty, located about 1 mile farther down Deer Crrek, together, they produced 50 tons of bar iron. (Caldwell,1877: )
Shippensville Furnace (Blacks Furnace). Erected in 1832 at the junction of Deer and Paint Creek about a mile southeast of Shippensville. It went out of blast in 1859. (Sharp & Thomas,1966:40)
From Shippenville, follow Airport Road (T424) south to State Game Lands No. 63, cross the first bridge over Little Deer Creek, to the second bridge over Deer Creek. Cross this bridge and park. Walk down stream, between the stream and hill, but closer to the hill. After about 200 feet you will see the ruins of Shippenville Furnace close to the hill. Parts of the millrace and tailrace could still be seen [ca.1966]. Slag was plentiful over the entire area [ca.1966]. (Sharp & Thomas,1966:40)
[Additional directions and information has been added to the one "Sharp & Thomas" provided.]
|Bibliographical Sources: This section under construction.|
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