New Laurel Furnace, Fayette County, Pennsylvania


New Laurel - Was built in 1812 about 1-1/4 miles downstream from Old Laurel Furnace along Morgan Run in Dunbar Township. (See History of Fayette County by Franklin Ellis). The second Pennsylvania Geological Survey says the plant was built by James Paull and Sons in 1827 or 1828. In 1834 it was sold to David Kaine who ran it until 1838(s&t). When we visited in 1981 and again in 2003 about 1/2 of the stack remained with the bosh and the other 1/2 fallen down.(P)(V)(rp-1978-2003)
To reach this furnace follow directions to Old Laurel Furnace ( T545 and Morgan Run) N 39 55.873' W 79 32.091'. Continue 1/4 mile T545 to T792. Kingan Hills Road goes to the left and Green Briar Road is the right split. N 39 55.727' W 79 31.851'. Follow Kingan Hills Road (T792) to the left and continue on it bearing left until you reach the State game lands parking lot. Park here. (At the far end of the parking lot you will see a foot bridge over Morgan Run). N 39 56.506' W 79 31.271'. Look to the right into the heavy brush and the furnace will be about 0.1 miles inside the wooded area and next to the hillside.
GPS coordinates N 39 56.537' W 79 31.305' (rp-2003)
In the early 1960's when the furnace was visited by Sharp & Thomas three sides of the stack were still intact. One corner was fallen down. The millrace, tailrace and wheel pit were in fairly good condition. There were many piles of slag in the fields around the furnace. Across the creek and downstream you could trace the old tramroad used to haul the iron to the river. When we visited in 1981 and again in 2003, about 1/2 of the stack remained with the bosh and the other 1/2 fallen down.(P)(V))rp-2003)

New Laurel Furnace - 1978

New Laurel Furnace Wheel Pit - October 2003

New Laurel Furnace - October 2003

New Laurel Furnace - October 2003

New Laurel 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 March16, 2010