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Wrightsville in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wrightsville's Lime Kilns

 
 
Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 22, 2011
1. Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker
Inscription. Lime Kilns such as these were used for burning limestone and turning it into lime. The lime was used for fertilizer, white-wash, plaster, and deodorant for outhouses. Quarried limestone was also used along with coal and iron ore to make pig iron in furnaces such as the Aurora Furnace located just north of these lime kilns in Wrightsville.

Lime is manufactured from limestone, a mineral. The limestone (CaCO3) is crushed and loaded along with a charge (load) of coal into a tapered, stationary vertical refractory lined tube with the wider bottom permitting the free downward movement of the materials. Burned out with hot air at a temperature of 2000F, the limestone is decomposed emitting carbon dioxide gas leaving calcium oxide (CaO), more commonly known as quick lime. Following cooling, the lime is crushed into its useful powder form.

The lime industry played a large part in Wrightsville's history. An 1894 bird's eye map of Wrightsville indicates that at least five different sets of kilns were operating in the community. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, York County was one of the largest producers of lime in Pennsylvania.
 
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Location. 40° 1.735′ N, 76° 31.786′ 
Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
2. Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker
W. Marker is in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of North Front Street and Lime-Kiln Avenue, on the left when traveling south on North Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wrightsville PA 17368, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burning the Wrightsville Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The River: a Corridor and a Barrier (about 500 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wrightsville (approx. mile away); American Legion Monument (approx. mile away); Veterans Memorial Bridge (approx. mile away); Hosting the Invader (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wrightsville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo showing a View of Wrightsville's Lime Kilns and Aurora Furnace (looking north on Front Street). In the lower center another photo shows Mining for mineral limestone. In the upper right is a photo of the lime kilns. Below it is an add selling Wightsville lime from the New York Star newspaper from October 1856.
 
Also see . . .  A Tour of Wrightsville. Historian Scott Mingus discusses the significance of the lime kilns and other Civil
Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
3. Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker
War related sites in the town in part six of his seven part tour of Wrightsville. (Submitted on June 13, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Lime Kilns image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
4. The Lime Kilns
Lime Kilns in Wrightsville image. Click for full size.
By Dianne Bowders, May 7, 2010
5. Lime Kilns in Wrightsville
Hidden lime kilns are located just north of the main kilns on Waterworks Lane, off N. Front Street.
Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 22, 2011
6. Wrightsville's Lime Kilns Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,497 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on . Photos:   1. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Dianne Bowders of York, PA.   6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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