Bassenheim Furnace, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

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Bassenheim - is along Connoquenessing Creek in Franklin Township. Built in 1814 by Dr. Detmar Basse, founder of Zelienople, this furnace was sold to Daniel Beltzhoover in 1818. Its capacity was 5 tons of pigs and castings per week. It went out of blast in 1824(s&t). A high pile of stones and a portion of the inner wall remain. (P)(V)(rp-1978, rp,ph-2004, rp2005).
Go west and northwest on PA288 from Zelienople to the junction of PA288 and PA588. 40 47.653''N - 80 09.203'W Take PA288 about 1-1/2 miles northwest to Old Furnace Road (SR1009) on the left. Turn onto Old Furnace Road and park on the right (40 48.690''N - 80 10.011'W). Notice the Bassenheim Furnace sign at the parking area. Walk across the road and take a dirt path into the woods about one block to the furnace ruins on the right about 20 feet down the hillside. GPS coordinates 40 48.651''N - 80 10.013'W (P)(V)(rp/ph 2004, rp 2004).

Bassenheim Furnace - April 1981

Bassenheim Furnace - April 1981

Bassenheim Furnace - October 2004

Sign at SW corner of PA288 &
Old Furnace Road - July 2004

Retaing Wall at Bassenheim Furnace - 2004

. RobinJeanne Parks at Bassenheim Furnace

Bassenheim 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 (ph).
Roger Applegate, BCHRLF, Beaver Co. PA
Jill Stedina, Asst Borough Manager, Zelienople PA
Copyright Richard Parks, Last updated February 6, 2010