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Berne in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ax Factory

 
 
Ax Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 26, 2013
1. Ax Factory Marker
Inscription.
Established by Daniel
Simmons in 1825. Said to be
the first factory in the
United States to make
axes from cast steel

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 37.63′ N, 74° 8.1′ W. Marker is in Berne, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Berne-Altamont Road (New York State Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berne NY 12023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mill Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reformed Dutch Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cheese Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schools (approx. half a mile away); Dutch Barn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Knieskem Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sand Farm (approx. 2.3 miles away); West Berne (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berne.
 
Regarding Ax Factory. In 1825 an extensive ax factory was erected by Daniel Simmons. The factory was in existence for eight years, operating in four buildings. At its peak 200 men labored there producing up to 600 axes a day. Due to shipping difficulties
Ax Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 26, 2013
2. Ax Factory Marker
and lack of local furnace wood, prosperity was short lived and the business foundered in debt. In 1833 Simmons took shelter in the bankruptcy laws and relocated to Cohoes. The Simmons Ax is depicted on the Town of Berne seal representing "the efforts of early industrialization, a spirit of industry deep in the past and the present".
 
Also see . . .
1. Ax Factory of Daniel Simmons. An interesting and detailed account of the "Ax Factory of Daniel Simmons" can be found in the Bi-Centennial History of Albany: History of the County of Albany, N.Y., From 1609 to 1886 on Page 805. (Submitted on January 26, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

2. The Simmons Axe Factory. This article on the Simmons Axe Factory includes a diagram showing the location of the Axe Factory buildings on the Foxenkill. (Submitted on January 26, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ax Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 26, 2013
3. Ax Factory Marker
Ax Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 26, 2013
4. Ax Factory Marker
The Simmons Ax Factory Marker is on the embankment of NYS Route 156 overlooking the site of the former factory site on the Foxenkill, which is off to the right beyond the marker.
Town of Berne Seal image. Click for full size.
By The Town of Berne, N.Y.
5. Town of Berne Seal
The Simmons Ax is depicted on the Town of Berne seal representing "the efforts of early industrialization, a spirit of industry deep in the past and the present".
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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