Berne in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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. Touch 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 2 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); Weidman Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cheese Factory (approx. ¼ mile away); Schools (approx. half a mile away); Pioneer (approx. half a mile away); Dutch Barn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Earliest House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
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 •
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