Bald Eagle Furnace, Blair County, Pennsylvania
Bald Eagle - Was built in 1830 along Big Fill Run off Bald Eagle Creek, Bald Eagle, Snyder Township. It was owned at one time by Lyon, Shorb and Company(s&t). Parts of the lining rise several feet.(P)(V)(rp,ph-2004)
Follow US220-I99 NE from Tyrone to exit 52. . PA350 comes in from the right at Bald Eagle and joins US220-I99 to go NE to the intersection with BusUS220 (SR4027 and old US220). Turn right at this intersection and continue on Bus. US220 across the bridge over Big Fill Run. There are two ways to approach the furnace. (1) Just after the bridge and before the intersection on the right you will see the Volunteer Fire Department building and parking lot. Park at the south end of the lot next to the woods. 40º 43.318' N - 78º 11.003'W. Walk into the woods next to the hill and parallel to the creek for about 100 yards and the furnace remains are against the hillside. Or, (2) go 0.1 mile from the junction of PA350 and Bus US220 to the intersection with (SR1019) Bald Eagle Pike. Turn right and proceed 0.1 mile to the
parking lot and barn of the third house on the right. Park here. 40º 43.307' N - 78º 10.940'W. Walk parallel to the creek and woods into the field to the left (south) for about 75 feet. Look down over the hill into the woods at the furnace remains.
40º 43.283' N - 78º 10.950'W
Part of the lining rises several feet, black on the outside and yellow on the inside. A small piece of lining was on the ground nearby. The field between the furnace and the creek is covered with slag.
Inner Lining piece, Bald Eage Furnace
Ruble remains, Bald Eagle Furnace, August 2004
Loose stones, Bald Eagle Furnace
Bald Eagle Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Pat & Michael Hom, San Diego, California
Copyright © Richard Parks, Last updated Februaey 11, 2010