Catfish Furnace, Clarion County, Pennsylvania


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Catfish - was on Catfish Run in Madison Township. Built in 1845 or 1846 by Over, Reichart & Lobaugh(jac/hcc). It was a steam powered cold blast furnace with 30' height and 9.5' bosh. It failed(?) in 1851 and was then probably sold to Alexander Miller and leased to J. L. Miller. The manager was J. H. Kahl. Production in only 33 weeks of 1856 was 925.5 tons so it likely shut down after 1856. It utilized carbonate and red ores from within one mile to the north.(unk). The area was used for coal storage and no trace remains of the furnace(s&t).(V)(rp-2004).
No trace remains. This site should be visited together with the site of Sarah Furnace. Follow PA68 east from East Brady (5,3 miles) or to the junction with SR3006 to the left. Follow SR3006 to the bottom of the hill to where the road turns right to follow the Allegheny River. The furnace stood to the right against the hillside and north of the creek. We visited this site in Oct. 2004 and although nothing is left the location of the furnace site is quite obvious.
GPS coordinates 41 00.396'N - 79 35.254'"W.(rp-2004)
We did find a beehive coke oven on the left side of the road just before the right turn.

Coke oven nedar site of Catfish Furnace - October 2004

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)

Copyright Richard Parks, Last updated April 2, 2010