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

The Worker’s Pyramid

Greenwood Furnace State Park

 
 
The Worker’s Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 9, 2015
1. The Worker’s Pyramid Marker
Inscription. It took hundreds of workers to produce iron, although only a few actually worked at the furnace. Fillers dumped carts of ore, charcoal and limestone into the seething tunnel head. The founder, assisted by a keeper, ordered ingredients, determined the amount of air to be blasted into the furnace and decided when to draw off the iron, usually every 12 hours. Guttermen directed molten iron into channels hoed into the sandy, cast house floor. Some furnaces employed moulders to make castings for iron stoves and utensils.

Away from the furnace, woodchoppers harvested wood necessary for the colliers to make charcoal. Miners dug iron ore, and quarried limestone. Teamsters hauled wagons of wood, charcoal, iron ore and pig iron. A bookkeeper kept company accounts, and a host of laborers and their families completed the unskilled jobs that kept both furnace and nearby village operating.

(Inscription next to the portrait in the upper right)
An ironmaster, like Col. John A. Wright, owner of Greenwood Furnace (shown here), sat atop a pyramid of labor that reflected the skill, income and social standing of a furnace’s sizeable work force; Greenwood employed over 250.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
 
Location. 40° 39.116′ 

The Worker’s Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 9, 2015
2. The Worker’s Pyramid Marker
N, 77° 45.201′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Marker is on Broad Mountain Road. Click for map. The marker is located in Greenwood Furnace State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basic Ingredients (here, next to this marker); From Mineral To Metal (a few steps from this marker); An Undeniable Presence (a few steps from this marker); An Industry in Ruins (a few steps from this marker); The “Best” Iron (a few steps from this marker); Greenwood Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith & Wagon Shop (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Water Snakes (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntingdon.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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