West Milford in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1882, these waterwheels, the last of many at Long Pond Ironworks, were constructed to harness the power of the Wanaque River, the only natural drainage from Long Pond (Greenwood Lake). The water was carried from the waterfall upriver to the tops of waterwheels via canals and aqueducts. The turning wheels, which could generate 200 horsepower, operated huge piston engines that blasted air into the furnace fire, raising the temperature high enough to smelt iron from ore.
Location. 41° 8.784′ N, 74° 18.66′ W. Marker is in West Milford, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker can be reached from Greenwood Lake Turnpike, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on a trail in the Long Pond Ironworks Historic District. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Milford NJ 07480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Wheel Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ringwood Furnaces at Hewitt (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Furnace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hasenclever Iron Trail (about 300 feet away); Weighing Scale Remains (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Company Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Long House Ruins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steam Powered Sawmill Remains (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Milford.
Also see . . . The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks website. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.