Fouintain Furnace, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania


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Fountain - Is located along Camp Run in Donegal Township. It was constructed before 1812 by J. Mayberry and Company. Nothing is known of its operation(s&t). J. Markiel suggests this charcoal furnace utilized no blast mechanism(jm). The stack was 32' high and 30' square at the base. It had two setbacks(s&t). The top of the furnace is gone, portions of two sides are still standing and a triangular opening is visible. (P)(V)(jm,rp-2003; jy-2008-9).
To find Fountain take PA31 to PA381 to the north, just east of Jones Mill. N40 05.274' W079 20.195'. Turn notth on Pa 381 The state forest has constructed new trails in the Camp Run area (Mountain Streams Trail System) and using this system is the best way to visit Fountain Furnace. Park at the designated parking area close to the junction of Route 381 and Camp Run Road and hike the Mountain Streams Trail approximately 1/2 mile to where it crosses Camp Run and then proceed upstream approximately 1/4 mile to the furnace site which is just 50 feet beyond the state forest boundary.
The GPS coordinates are N40 5.827, W79 18.635 (jy-2008-9). Three views of Fountain Furnace - October 2003

Fountain Furnace - October 2003

Fountain Furnace - October 2003

Fountain Furnace - October 2003

Fountain Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
John Motto, Greensburg, PA. - Fountain Furnace GPS & route (jy)
Copyright Richard Parks, January 14, 2010