Union Furnace, Venango County, Pennsylvania


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Union - is along the east side of the Middle Branch of Sugar Creek near Cooperstown in Jackson Township. It was built in 1850 by Dr. Williams and Jacob Geist. They sold it to Hughes and Bevin, who closed it down in 1854(s&t). The round stack is in poor condition, but the openings are intact. It stands in a very dense thicket of brush. The mill race, furnace roads, and many slag piles can be discerned. (P)(V)(rp-1977, is-2004).
From the village of Cooperstown take PA427 north for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Creek Road (T595), cross the bridge over the Middle Branch of Sugar Creek. mile past the bridge turn left on Furnace Road (also shown as White Road by Penndot County map -T384). Proceed exactly 0.18 miles on Furnace Road. The furnace is to the left between the road and the creek. It is difficult to see because of heavy underbrush, therefore the exact location on Furnace Road is important. (1977).
GPS coordinates 41 30.977'N - 79 51.533'W (is-2004)

Union Furnace - 1977

Union Furnace - 1977

Union Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Exploring Venango County prepared for the Venango County Bicentennial Commision, 1976(evc).
J. A. Caldwell (hvc) publisher History of Venango County, by Edward (Kirke) White, 1879
The News Herald, Thur. Jul 27, 1978 (tnh)
Isaac Harris (pbd) publisher The Pittsburgh Business Directory, 1837
Ian Straffin, Meadville, PA
Copyright Richard Parks, January 24, 2010