Buchanan Furnace, Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Buchanan - is on Clarion Run in Licking Township. It was built in 1844 by Plummer, Creasy(jac) & Co. Another account states it was built by Christian Myers(jm) Height 30', 8' or 9' bosh cold blast charcoal furnace with one tuyere. Average production was 1200 tons. In 1856 production was 2000 tons. Owners were S. F. Plummer of Kittanning, Arnold Plummer of Franklin and F. G. Crary(ajd) of Kittanning. Crary(Creary) became sole owner in 1857. Abandoned 1858 because timber was exhausted.(unk). The stack is well preserved. (P)(V)(rp-1977, jm-2003, rp,ph-2004).
Go north from Callensburg on PA58. About 500 feet after crossing the Clarion River, turn left into a private lane. 41º 07.845'N - 79º 33.362'W (Get permission from the owner). Go about 500 feet on this lane and you will come to a roped off area on the right called Sleepy Hollow. 41º 07.901'N - 79º 33.469'W. Park here. Walk up the open glade area to the northeast, and right, up to the furnace, about 100 yards.
GPS Coordinates 41º 07.947'N - 79º 33.468'W (p)(v)(rrp 2004).
The best preserved original furnace in Clarion County.
Buchanan Furnace - November 1977
Buchanan Furnace - Novemer 1977
Buchanan Furnace - October 2004
Buchanan Furnace inner bosh
Buchanan Furnace opening
Buchanam Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Caldwell's Illustrated Historical Combination Atlas of Clarion Co. Pa. J. A. Caldwell(jac) 1877*
History of Clarion County, unknown compiler, cir 1976 (hcc)*
History of Clarion County A. J. Davis (ajd) ed. 1887*
Unspecified Clarion Co. Sources from asterisk list above.(unk)
Pat & Michael Hom, San Diego, California
Copyright © Richard Parks, Last updated April1, 2010