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California Furnace &
Iron Works

Village of Laughlintown,
Ligonier Twp.
Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian & Web Master;
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Advisor
Virtual Museum of Pennsylvania Iron Furnaces
A Publication of the 19th Century Society of Pennsylvania
Updated Jan. 9, 2002

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California Furnace & Iron Works: near the Village of Laughlintown, Rolling Rock Country Club, Ligonier Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

Date Built: ca. 1852 / 1853
Date Out-of-Blast: ca.1861 

Other names California Furnace was known by:
Cavin's Furnace;
Cummins Furnace ca.1856-58;
Moorhead's Furnace;
Mathial & Company Furnace;
Mathiot & Cummins Furnace;
Mathiot's Furnace.

California Furnace & Iron Works

California Furnace
The reconstructed California Furnace, workarch on the southern side of the furnace.
(Photo courtesy of Guy J. Davis  from "Iron Furnaces of Westmoreland County" ca.1996, published in "Westmoreland History," Spring 1996, publicaltion of the Westmoreland County Historical Society, Greensburg, PA)

Located near the Village of Laughlintown, on Rolling Rock Run, Ligonier Twp., Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  Go east on PA Rt.30 east of Ligonier to Laughlintown.  At the Compass Inn in Laughlintown, turn right and go south about 2 miles..  This road will take you through Rolling Rock Country Club property, and is a private road. At the bottom of the hill , a road turns off to the left, cross the covered bridge over Rolling Rock Run. Proceed about 0.8mile.  You will pass one house on the right, which was the boarding house for workmen at the furnace.  About 100 yards pass the the the Furnace will be on the left, acrossRolling Rock Run.  The stack has been reconstructed.

Bibliographical Sources:  This section under construction.                                                    

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