East Canaan in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument
A salamander could also form on the side of the furnace stack if the ore and limestone were not properly loaded. In this case the salamander could clog one or more of the tuyeres and put the fire out by preventing air from getting into the furnace.
Since a salamander is a single large piece, it must be pulled out of the furnace in one piece as you see it here. Try to imagine doing the job with muscle power alone as it was done here. The combined efforts of a large force of men and oxen were probably required for the job. We do not know how often these failures occurred, but at least 13 salamanders like this one have been discovered at this site!
Erected 2002 by Friends of Beckley Furnace, Inc.
Location. 42° 0.66′ N, 73° Click for map. Located at Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument. Marker is in this post office area: East Canaan CT 06024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birth of an Industry (here, next to this marker); What Is This Place? (a few steps from this marker); Casting Arch & Furnace Hearth (a few steps from this marker); Tuyere Arch (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Forbes (approx. 0.4 miles away); East Canaan Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); North Canaan (approx. 2 miles away); Joseph Deferari (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in East Canaan.
Also see . . . Friends of Beckley Furnace. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.