Prospect Furnace, Clarion County, Pennsylvania


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Prospect - A mile south of Callensburg on Cherry Run in Licking Township. Built in 1845 by H. Alexander & McElroy; Moore, Painter & Co.(hcc). It was a steam powered, cold blast furnace with 8' bosh and 30' height. It was managed by William Moore, under Moore, Painter & Co. ownership. Produced 1450 tons of mill iron in only 39.25 weeks in 1856 from blue coal measure limestone ore mined within 3.5 miles of the furnace. Abandoned in 1862(hcc). Only a small pile of stones remain. (P)(V)(jm-2003, rp,ph-2004).
Go west from Callensburg on PA368 for about 1/2 mile and cross a bridge over Licking Creek. 41 07.412'N - 79 34.102'W. Turn south on SR2009 for about 3/4 mile to Eldon Road just past the bridge over Cherry Run. 41 06.766'N - 79 33.903'W. Turn left and stop at the first barn on the right or the first house on the left and ask for Alex. He can direct you to the furnace site. Continue on Eldon Road for a total of about 0.25 miles from its jct with SR2009 and you will notice an area to the left with much farm and industrial junk. Park here. 41 06.944'N - 79 33.858'W. Walk through the junk area and to the hillside. The furnace remains are down the hillside toward the creek.
GPS Coordinates 41 06.961'N - 79 33.899'W. (P)(V)(rp 2004)
We found a pile of furnace stones about 3-4 feet high and a depression in the ground. -
Prospect Furnace - August 2004

Prospect Furnace - August 2004

Prospect 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)
Pat & Michael Hom, San Diego, California

Copyright Richard Parks, January 18 , 2010