Somerset Furnace, Somerset County, Pennsylvania


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Somerset - is on the south fork of Bens Creek in Jenner Township. Somerset was built in 1846 by Huber, Linton and Myers. It was later owned by G. Ross Forward; and the area around the furnace was, for many years, known as Forwardstown. It was a fairly large furnace having an 8.5' bosh and 32' stack(s&t). It is now only a pile of stones and dirt. (V)(P)(rp-2003)
From the junction of US30 and PA965 in Jennerstown N40 09.572' W079 03.934' go north on PA965 4.7 miles. About 100 feet south of the intersection of Roaring Run Road and to your left (west) will be a house. N40 13.078' W079 01.869' Behind the house will be the remains of an old barn, and behind all this will be a field of trash and underbrush. The furnace is to the left here against the hillside and about 100 yards from the road.
GPS Location N40 13.105' W079 01.929'(rp-2003)
Another route would be south from Johnstown to SR4027, Roaring Run Road, to the west.

Somerset Furnace - 2003

Somerset Furnace - 2003

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, December 28, 2009