Ore Hill Furnace, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

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Ore Hill - Was built in 1845 along the east bank of the Allegheny River in Boggs Township. It was a hot blast charcoal furnace with a capacity of 35-40 tons of pig iron a week. It went out of blast in 1857 for lack of wood to make charcoal(s&t). We photographed this site. Very little remains.(P)(V)(rp-1978-2004)
Follow SR1033 north from Kittanning to Mosgrove. After crossing Pine Creek at the north edge of town turn left (the paved road goes right), cross the railroad right of way (Armstrong Rail Trail) and go north along the river. Park at the dam 4053.641'N - 79 28.615'W. and walk north along the Armstrong Rail Trail about 0.5 miles to the ruins. The ruins are between the trail and the hill. When the railroad tracks were raised because of the dam, the lower part of the furnace was covered with fill. Now only a loose pile of stones remain. There is some slag along the river bank.
GPS coordinates 4053.808'N - 79 28.075'W. (rp-2004)

Ore Hill Furnace - 1978

Ore Hill Furnace - 2004

Ore Hill 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 4, 2010