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

Titusville Iron Company, 1860

Titusville Iron Company, 1860 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2017
1. Titusville Iron Company, 1860 Marker
Inscription.  The first machine shop and foundry built to serve the oil industry was located "a year and a mile from Drake Well." In 1889, new owners organized it as the Titusville Iron Company, Limited, under executive officers John Fertig and James Curtis McKinney. In 1915, the corporation became the Titusville Iron Works Company and manufactured ship engine parts during WWI. Additional mergers and other owners gradually replaced oil field machinery and steam boiler production with defense-related equipment for WWII, when the plant employed 3,000 people, many of them women.

Over time, the industrial complex grew to encompass a giant square of Titusville. Struthers Wells Corporation closed most of the Titusville Iron Works in 1963 and subdivided the facility. Since then, Day's Home Furnishings, Grand Valley Manufacturing Company, Buffalo Structural Steel Corporation, and Charter Plastics, Inc. have occupied parts of the enormous Iron Company buildings.

Construction and interior views show the large scale of Iron Works buildings and the manufacture of boilers.

Damage from the great 1892 flood and fire hastened brick construction to
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Erected by City of Titusville, Oil Region Alliance.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 41° 37.462′ N, 79° 40.622′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of South Perry Street and West Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling south on South Perry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 West Mechanic Street, Titusville PA 16354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western NY and PA Railway Freight Station, 1892 (within shouting distance of this marker); Titusville Forge Division Honor Roll (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Universal Cyclops Steel Corporation Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Second National Bank, 1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Drake Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birth of George Washington Bicentennial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Algrunix Building, 1894 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Titusville Iron Works Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Titusville Iron Company, 1860 Site & Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2017
2. Titusville Iron Company, 1860 Site & Marker
Now Buffalo Structural Steel.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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