Homewood Furnace, Beaver County, Pennsylvania


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Homewood - Was on the Beaver Canal a little south of the junction of Connequenessing Creek in North Sewickley Township. It was built in 1858 by James Wood of Pittsburgh. It was blown out in 1867 or 1868(s&t). The site is buried under the Elwood City town dump and nothing remains.
Go to Ellwood City and follow PA351 west and south toward Koppel. About 1/4 mile before PA351 turns right down the hill you will see a black top road to the left. Across this road a lane goes straight west. Follow this road to its end in Ellwood City's town dump. The furnace site is about in the center of the dump and is covered by eight or ten feet of rubbish. Below the dump are heaps of coke slag. Beside the lane leading to the dump is a sunken road which we believe to be the roadbed of the railroad which was in service when the furnace was in operation. On the hillside below the furnace site (dump) are several building foundations. One of these, an extra strong foundation, probably was the blower or compressor house(s&t). Approximate coordinates 40 49.76'N - 80 19.35'W.


Homewood Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Copyright Richard Parks, Last updated February 6, 2010