Winfield Furnace, Butler County, Pennsylvania
Winfield - is on Rough Run in West Winfield in Winfield Township. It was built in 1847 by William Speer. Originally 20 feet square and 33 feet high it used charcoal and produced about 40 tons of iron a week. Sold to the Winfield Coal Company in 1856, it was purchased by William Stewart of Hickory Furnace fame, but he closed it down in 1864. Powered by water at the start it later was converted to steam. The iron produced was shipped to
Freeport by wagon and from there to Pittsburgh by boat(s&t). The exterior of the furnace is in good shape, with about 13 rows of stone intact, and there are three large openings that can be entered and a view up the stack obtained. There is slag near the creek. (P)(V)(rp,ph-2004).
Follow US422 east about 7.5 miles from its intersection with PA68 northeast of Butler. Turn south (R) on McGrady Road. 40º 50.877'N - 79º 44.683'W This merges with SR1019, (Clearfield Road?) which will take you to West Winfield. At about 4.6 miles you will come to a bridge over Rough Run. A limestone loading plant is on the left). 40º 47.710'N - 79º 41.787'W. Continue about another 0.1 mile to a split left. Take this left split about another 0.2 miles to a sharp left then a sharp right. Park on the left between the two curves. 40º 47.524'N - 79º 41.659'W. Look left and notice rubble piles and a concrete pad from the old abandoned railroad depot. Beyond this is a level area below the hillside to the left and above the creek. This is the abandoned railroad right of way Walk this level area about 1-1/2 city blocks and watch for the furnace against the hillside on the left.
GPS coordinates 40º 47.663'N - 79º 41.701'W. (P)(V)(rp,ph 2004)
The exterior of the furnace is in good shape, with about 13 rows of stone intact, and there are three large openings that can be entered and a view up the stack obtained. There is slag near the creek.Paul Burrows of Cabot, PA has done a great job of clearing out the site so it can be easily recognized.(rp)
Winfield Furnace - July 2004
Prior to clean ip by Paul Burrows
Winfield Furnace - 2005
After clean up by Paul Burrows
Winfield Furnace Special Sources:
A Guide to the Old Stone Blast Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania, Myron B. Sharp and William H. Thomas (s&t)
Paul Burrows, Cabot, PA.(pb)- Winfield
Copyright © Richard Parks, Last updated February 8, 2010